First, a thank you to Steve S., in Texas, who suggested that we delve a bit deeper into Hydroxychloroquine (HOQ) and chloroquine.
Second, as readers here know, I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on television. All I do is offer opinions based on the best facts available to me and you all will have your own views on the matter as well.
Third, this is a blog, not a scientific journal. I try to avoid long winded rants. So I’ll cut to the chase and the doctors and others, who visit here, can fact check me and rip my arguments to shreds.
Yes, I know that HOQ has been available for decades to treat malaria, lupus, etc. But I’m not going to delve there because that’s hardly the point of this discussion. Assume that it’s been around and that when prescribed and monitored by health officials, it’s safe – and inexpensive.
More later, but the VA studies and others that were focused on HOQ were made in large part on critically ill patients on ventilators. That’s not a fair way to study the effectiveness of HOQ. Today, I think that there are more balanced studies underway.
SARS Outbreak – 2003
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, first reported in China in February 2003. It’s not the first Chinese Plague and as we know now, it certainly wasn’t the last. SARS spread around the globe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died. In the United States, only eight people had laboratory evidence of SARS-CoV infection. All of these people had traveled to other parts of the world where SARS was spreading.
The Virology Journal – (2005) the official publication of ( the now famous Dr. Fauci’s) National Institutes of Health, “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread.”
“We report…that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage.”
When the SARS epidemic happened (don’t trust WHO numbers, but you know that, right?) epidemiologists sprang into action to study the virus and to explore its ancestry. Note that SARS had a pedigree and that COVID-19/the Present Chinese Pandemic/Plague does not. COVID-19 is a novel virus – which intimates that somebody tinkered with a coronavirus at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. ALL Chinese programs such as this one, such as their nuclear power program are dual use. That means that there is no “peaceful nuclear” or “peaceful biological” program in Communist China. Everything is on a dual track for a weapon as well. USGOV knows this. And roughly since I was born, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the Chinese bug factory. And I’m old.
Since before SARS, US companies have provided Communist China, an enemy state, with sophisticated technology to research viruses – with the approval of USGOV. Make of that what you will.
COVID-19 Outbreak – 2019
Sometime in January 2019, it became apparent that cases of an unusual form of viral pneumonia were being seen in Hubei Province and more specifically in the City and area of Wuhan.
Recommendations as to what to do about it were across the board. If you read back, my recommendation was to immediately quarantine Communist China. The Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan expressed similar concerns. Chinese doctors (who were likely killed by the government) went loud and went international with a warning.
Early on, a number of physicians began to treat plague victims with Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin in combination, showing very positive results. The testimonials are on the Internet and there is no need to cite them here. There are a lot of them.
There are other therapeutic treatments that also show promise. AIDS treatment programs (though AIDS is a very different virus) seem to work.
Hydroxychloroquine remains in your body a long time after you take it and it distributes itself in all organ systems in the body. If you have kidney, heart of liver disease it can do more harm than good. So dosage and the general cause and effect of the drug need to be monitored. It isn’t an aspirin. There are clinical trials underway to determine specifically how it should be used on humans (Phase 2 trials) and once complete can be used more widely than it is now. For me, personally, if I was dying of the Chinese Plague, I’d say “give me the drug”. US law offers the “right to try”.
There is another argument, and that deals with the impact of HOQ, an inexpensive, readily available drug to treat a pandemic and the concern by large, wealthy, influential, politically astute international companies that they will make .20 per dose in a world where they’d like to charge $200.00 per dose. Drug companies will charge as much as they can and ALL of the big pharma conglomerates are working for a vaccine and are studying the therapeutic drugs out there. USGOV is underwriting their efforts.
The “Evil Dr. Fauci”
I don’t know whether Dr. Fauci, MD, is evil or not. I think that much of his advice that has served this country for good or ill has been ‘spitballing’. Make of that opinion as you will.
It’s time we open the place up and get those with health conditions that would be lethal to them if they got sick to a place (their home or that of a loved one) where they can hang out until a vaccine is available.