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Chloriquine does not treat COVID-19. Taking the drug puts you at a higher risk of dying from it.

<b>Chloriquine does not treat COVID-19. Taking the drug puts you at a higher risk of dying from it.</b> A team of scientists has just released a report proving that Trump's claims about the drug's ability to cure the disease were misleading and can result in fatal outcomes.
There are more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, a team of researchers has reported in a new study. Hydroxychloroquine, typically used to treat malaria has been widely touted by President Trump and Fox News for treating the new coronavirus on several occasions. They made people believe that the antimalarial drug had quasi miraculous, immediate effects in treating COVID-19. A couple in their 60s from Phoenix, Arizona, was rushed to the hospital after they both self-administered chloroquine phosphate. Within only thirty minutes of ingesting the product, the couple experienced immediate severe effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital. The man died and the woman, who is now under critical care, is urging people to take advice from doctors, not from Trump, who touted the antimalarial drug as a "game changer" in the treatment of COVID-19. The Trump administration is a risk for public health. As the crisis started to unfold, Trump and Fox News' Laura Ingraham publicly misled the public with unverified claims that the antimalarial drug was all that folks needed to fight the virus! The president provided false hope and people died as a result. Prior to the study, the World Health Organisation had cautiously stated that there was "no proof" hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating the coronavirus. The organisation warned the drug could even make the coronavirus more resistant. In a tweet dated April 3, 2020, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced Laura Ingraham's false claims about the drug: "Didn't you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID "treatment" that you tweeted and Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?", she wrote. "I'm sorry, why are you on TV again?", she asked Laura Ingraham. On Monday, March 30, 2020, Twitter deleted Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s viral tweet posted earlier that month touting the drug hydroxychloroquine as having been used by one New York hospital with "very promising results" and claiming that one "seriously ill" patient had a Lazarus-like recovery from the coronavirus thanks to it. Early this month, a Washington state group, the Washington League for Transparency and Ethics, filed a lawsuit in King County accusing the network of "deceptive" coronavirus coverage. The lawsuit alleged that Fox News "knowingly disseminated false, erroneous, and incomplete information, which was reasonably relied upon by the public and which had the effect of delaying and interfering with the implementation of effective mitigation and countermeasures against the virus. Defendants actions created an ongoing uncertainty amongst some members of the public as to the dangers of the virus and the rapidity with which the virus spreads." The network dismissed the lawsuit by arguing that the First Amendment protects "false" and "outrageous" speech. The group is seeking an injunction to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from "interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content." Now, a new study on 368 patients in US veteran hospitals has shown there were higher deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus those who received regular care. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from various US institutions: Joseph Magagnoli, MS, Siddharth Narendran, MD, Felipe Pereira, MD, Tammy Cummings, PhD, James W. Hardin, PhD, S. Scott Sutton, PharmD, Jayakrishna Ambati, MD. "Researchers analyzed medical records of 368 male veterans hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection at Veterans Health Administration medical centers who died or were discharged by April 11. About 28% who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone.", the study stated. "In this study, we found no evidence that use of hydroxychloroquine, either with or without azithromycin, reduced the risk of mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalized with Covid-19. An association of increased overall mortality was identified in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. These findings highlight the importance of awaiting the results of ongoing prospective, randomized, controlled studies before widespread adoption of these drugs.", the team concluded.


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