This was the headline from the Daily Mail (U.K.)
And these are the real news about the story
POTUS news conference June 15, FOX NEWS ~4:05 pm
Reporter just asked POTUS about the recent FDA notice on hydroxychloroquine
That it’s [supposedly] “no longer considered as a reasonable treatment for Covid”
POTUS defers to Secretary Alex Azar:
To clarify your statement, which is not quite accurate:
The FDA withdrew an emergency use authorization of Hydroxychloroquine from Bayer manufactured in Pakistan – where emergency authorization was restricted to hospital use only.
So they took the emergency use only authorization off.
“At this point HCQ and chloroquine are just like any other approved drug in the United States
they may be used in hospitals, they may be used in out-patients, they may be used at home” “all subject to a doctor’s prescription.”
Furthermore, he said that “it’s good that the emergency use authorization was removed, because it had been widely misinterpreted as saying that these drugs could ONLY be use in-hospital when this was NOT true.”
Yes, hydroxychloroquine has been prescribed for treatment of Lupus and rheumatism for over 20 years, and for prevention of malaria for over 50 years. It is considered so safe that it is even given to pregnant women and nursing mothers with no restrictions. There is a small number of people with a specific heart condition that should not take the drug, but those people can easily be spotted by evaluating their heart rhythm with a stethoscope, or by taking and evaluating an ECG.
There are over ten countries that prescribe HCQ, mostly in combination with Zinc and an antibiotic, as soon as COVID symptoms occur. When the illness has progressed to the point of autoimmune overreaction and the oxygen exchange is to the point of collapse it is too late and may even aggravate the situation.
How are these countries faring in the Coronavirus fight, compared to the rest of the world?
For the world as a whole, the death rate from the Coronavirus as of June 15 is 5.40% of diagnosed cases. and recovered cases versus deaths is 9.06 recorded recoveries for every death.
Taking the average, adjusted for the number of positive cases we get the average adjusted death rate for countries, where people are taking HCQ + Zinc when diagnosed positive, is 1.42%.
This means that the risk of death is reduced by a factor of 3.8 if HZQ + Zinc is taken as early as possible after a positive diagnosis for coronavirus!
Recovered cases versus deaths is an indicator of how fast patients recover after taking HCQ. Taking the average recovery ratio aover the number of cases, gives the median recovery ratio, of 51.8, compared to the recovery rate for the rest of the world of 9.06, an improvement of 5.7 times as many recorded recoveries for every death. This is an indicator of how fast people recover, but is a very lagging indicator, since many countries do not report recovered cases in a timely manner. If they dis, both the numbers for the ten countries, and for the world as a whole would look better, but it is the best we have for now.
The total positive cases for these ten countries are over 900,000, or about 11% of all positive tests so far, far more than any double blind controlled study could ever produce, and indicates that if implemented all across U.S. (and the world as a whole) the death rate from now on would be less than a third of what we are now experiencing. In addition hospitalizations would be greatly reduced.
WHO paused a double blind study out of an “abundance of caution”.
HCQ has been taken by over 900,000 patients testing positive for the coronavirus as soon as symptoms did arise or shortly thereafter. We do not need a double blind control study, the results speak for themselves.
Is it because it has been promoted by President Trump, and some would rather die than get cured because of that?
Is HCQ too cheap to promote? It is totally generic, no pharmaceutical company stands to gain from producing it, so there will be no study made by them. Any study will have to come from government.
I for one want to save lives.
Appendix: The data is used from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
The death rate from all causes doubles for every 8 years as you age or about 9% per year. The death rate from Coronavirus is remarkably the same as the death rate from all causes, adjusted for age. The world median age is 30.4 years. So let the world death rate be the norm and adjust for the median age for the 10 countries.
World death rate as of June 11 is 5.58% of diagnosed cases. and recovered cases versus deaths is 9.06
Compare this with 10 countries that use HCQ for most patients as soon as they test positive for the corona virus.
Turkey: Death rate 2.68%, median age 30.9, adjusted death rate 2.57%, recovered cases versus deaths 31.5, total cases 179,831
South Korea: Death rate 2.29%, median age 30.9, adjusted death rate 2.20% recovered cases versus deaths 38.7, total cases 12,155
Malaysia: Death rate 1.42%, median age 28.5, adjusted death rate 1.70% recovered cases versus deaths 63.9, total cases 8,505
Senegal: Death rate 1.33%, median age 18.8, adjusted death rate 3.57%, recovered cases versus deaths 50.4, total cases 5,247
Costa Rica: Death rate 0.68%, median age 31.3, adjusted death rate 0.64%, recovered cases versus deaths 64.2, total cases 1,744
United Arab emirates: Death rate 0.68%, median age 30.9, adjusted death rate 0.65%, recovered cases versus deaths 98.5, total cases 42,982
Bahrain: Death rate 0.25%, median age 32.3, adjusted death rate 0.23%, recovered cases versus deaths 282.3, total cases 19,013
Morocco: Death rate 2.71%, median age 29.3, adjusted death rate 3.03%, recovered cases versus deaths 37.2, total cases 8,921
Russia: Death rate 1.33%, median age 30.9, adjusted death rate 1.28%, recovered cases versus deaths 40.4, total cases 545,458
Qatar: Death rate 0.097%, median age 30.9, but since 88% of the population are migrant workers between 20 and 60, the adjusted death rate is at least 8 times higher, or 0.78 %, and adjusted recovered cases versus deaths 94.5, total cases 82,077