Largest Study Yet Of Drug Touted By Trump Reveals ‘Significantly Higher Risk Of Death’ In COVID Patients
The Washington Post is out with a stunning story this morning that is shaking up both the medical and political community. It is no longer a question, with COVID patients, the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin kills far more people than it ever helped.
For over a month Trump was out touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, “Take it. What do you have to lose?” he said.
Trump backed-off mentioning hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin when the VA released findings that the cocktail had a higher fatality rate than those that didn’t take the drug. But just within the last week, Trump said that he was taking the hydroxychloroquine himself, because he had been exposed by his valet. He had not tested positive, thus he again raised the issue about the drug’s benefits and danger.
Many of us questioned whether Trump was actually taking the medication, or merely claiming to take it for an alternative reason. There was never any indication that the drug should be used when one had tested positive for COVID, never mind prophylactically. This study ends all the questions.
The drug combination killed far more people than they ever “helped,” 45% more, and led to a 411% increase in very dangerous arrhythmias, short-circuiting the electrical wiring through the heart muscle itself. The study published in the British medical journal The Lancet reviewed material from 96,000 patients on six continents, by far the most extensive study done to date. It devastates Trump’s toted drug.
“It’s one thing not to have benefit, but this shows distinct harm,” said Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. “If there was ever hope for this drug, this is the death of it.”
David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, said that “these findings provide absolutely no reason for optimism that these drugs might be useful in the prevention or treatment of covid-19.”
If the Washington Post has the Lancet article today, U.S. intelligence must have had the “basic” story 4-5 days ago, perhaps even two weeks ago, or about the time that Trump announced he was taking the medicine. Thus, at a point in time when the U.S. president should have had intelligence about the drug’s dangers, he used his pulpit and influence to tout its benefits.
For those given hydroxychloroquine, there was a 34 percent increase in risk of mortality and a 137 percent increased risk of a serious heart arrhythmias. For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic — the cocktail endorsed by Trump — there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias.
Now we likely have MAGA-heads all over the country taking the combination prophylactically, “just in case” they might have contact with the virus. We will have to watch for the increased number of deaths, hospitalizations and studies possibly showing a correlation between watching Fox News and voting for Trump, and increased likelihood of death due to taking hydroxychloroquine and a Z-pack.
For those that ask me why this latest fight between Trump and Fox is different than any other – this is it. Laura Ingraham and several Fox hosts have been talking about this like a “wonder drug” for months. The lawsuits could be endless.
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