Hydroxyquine: Good News v. False Hope

For over a week, I’ve read article after article and listened to a dozen press conferences by President Trump touting hydroxyquine coupled with azithromycin being a “miracle cure” for COVID-19. I don’t find this to be good news, I find it irresponsible. People listen to the government and Trump’s claim the FDA had approved hydroxyquine for prevention of COVID-19 is just 100% false. At this moment, the FDA has not approved this and we only have anecdotal evidence the combo works.

Someone I know with systemic lupus who was on hydroxyquine as one of her regularly meds has died of COVID-19. So, it might work for some people, but not everyone. Furthermore, while we have seen a reduction in the viral load of COVID-19 when this combo is used it has not alleviated symptoms.

On Monday I learned one of my relatives was attempting to obtain a prescription for hydroxyquine so they could go to church this weekend for Easter. This is why sharing this information is so dangerous. Hydroxyquine may not work at all. And it may not be a miracle cure and it certainly may not be a preventative medication, despite claims by the president and the plethora of shared articles on social media about it being a “miracle cure.”

Furthermore, people I know with systemic lupus and MS are now being denied their prescription refills for this drug that we KNOW changes their lives.

So, because the President and social media says it’s saving the lives of those with COVID-19 without any real evidence (there is anecdotal evidence – but there is anecdotal evidence that swinging bags of lavender prevents Bubonic Plague, so you know), people are trying to obtain the medication so they can get back to their “normal lives”.

I don’t know what percentage of the population is willing to believe everything the government tells them, but I’d guess it’s over 20%. An Arizona couple incurred injuries (and one died) after ingesting fish tank cleaner that contained hydroxyquine. These sorts of incidents are preventable by being responsible and not sharing unproven science on social media. Because some portion only reads or hears “Cure for COVID-19” and now they believe they can stop social distancing and if they get sick it’s no big deal and it doesn’t matter if they pass it along because “hey, there’s a cure.” Which is in fact not the case. It may turn out that hydroxyquine and azithromycin helps 50% of those infected in specific doses but as of yet, we don’t know what those doses are or how long it takes or why it seems to drop the viral load in some but not diminish the symptoms or why it doesn’t work for everyone.

I feel that by sharing these types of posts we are actually doing damage to ourselves and fellow man. It’s false hope not good news. When and if we ever find a cure, THAT will be good news. But as of right now, we are all being repeatedly told to swing bags of lavender and some people are taking it to mean it’s a sure thing. Even intelligent people, I have an aunt and uncle I consider intelligent that are convinced they had it in October and are now immune – they had bronchitis – and why are they convinced of this? Because they read a Facebook post about suspected early cases in Georgia and the southeast with no evidence to support it, but it looked like it came from a legitimate news source and had government backing so of course, it can’t be wrong.

If you want truly good news; Aldi’s grocery stores has decided that during the pandemic they will pay all their workers higher wages as has the CEO of Texas Roadhouse. A further bit; most local restaurants while dealing with the new conditions have seen only a slight decrease in customers.

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