Column: The rotten science behind Trump's chloroquine claims

Column: The bad science behind Trump's chloroquine claims

4/1/2020 5:03:00 PM

Column: The bad science behind Trump's chloroquine claims

President Trump's hype of a potential treatment for COVID-19 gives false hope to virus patients and causes real harm to others.

Trump says he won’t cooperate with bailout oversight, so what is he hiding?The chloroquine case is different. It’s a sin of commission. He has openly offered the public a false hope, or at the very least a completely unproven hope, while his words have led to a situation where legitimate patients have been deprived of what is in many cases a life-saving medicine.

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Chloroquine is by no means a benign drug. It’s known to have contributed to macular degeneration, which can cause blindness. Like other patients, Jennifer Herrera is required to be examined by an ophthalmologist every six months while she’s taking the medication.

It’s also known to cause heart problems in some cases.According to the French journal Le Point, these have already surfaced in France among patients treated with chloroquine. The French drug safety agency ANSM says it already has three deaths under investigation.

The drug isn’t recommended for diabetics, pregnant women or people with impaired liver function, among many others.are nausea, vomiting, cramps, headache and diarrhea.AdvertisementAs we reported, a Phoenix couple who heard Trump’s briefing took doses of a chloroquine preparation they had at hand to treat their fish tank; the husband died and his wife landed in critical condition before recovering.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, left, appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to promote Didier Raoult’s research, but got it wrong.(Fox News)In the current atmosphere of panic and confusion, it’s up to our political leaders to offer hard, verifiable scientific information and solid advice, not ignorance.

Trump and ignorance have a symbiotic relationship, however. The bedrock of his career has been the exploitation of ignorance; in return, he has done his best to spread ignorance as widely as possible. In this case, Trump, who is not a doctor and doesn’t even play one on TV, could be doing real harm.

“Why is this happening?” says David Gorski, a physician who isa leading debunker of pseudoscience. “People are scared, for one thing. There’s also money to be made in terms of pushing a narrative of hope.... Dangling hope of an imminent cure helps distract from coverage of the Trump administration’s thus far disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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hiltzikm The left is sick no doubt. Take the name Trump out and they would be all in with this to help the people but since the Trump name is there, to hell the people who may benefit. hiltzikm Stop the liberal propaganda b.s. hiltzikm hiltzikm It may or may not work, but experts have lots of doubts. Anecdotes are not real clinical trials. A-S

hiltzikm hiltzikm hiltzikm hiltzikm hiltzikm Not to the fool in WhiteHouse hiltzikm That sounds a heck of a lot like Chinese government propaganda. South Korea, France, Australia have all demonstrated favorable results. In addition, the export of this drug is being stopped in India, China and elsewhere. Why? Because it DOESN’T work? Please.

hiltzikm 1. Early detection, 2. early isolation, 3. early treatment, 4. cutting off the chain of infection, 5. collaboration across regions hiltzikm And when the trial data comes out and is deemed effective. What's your responsibility for people refusing it's use. hiltzikm Why should I trust a columnist over world reknown doctors? 🥱

hiltzikm Excess of it will damage liver. hiltzikm TEST IT ON TRUMP hiltzikm My sister, who has lupus, just called in tears, she cannot get her medication, and she is in pain. Thank you, FakePresident POS. President Trumps act presidential....April Fools! —- FakeNewsMedia the facts in this article are completely distorted when comparing with Italian, German and French articles. Sample sizes, evaluation methods and progress of testing are described unilaterally differently in all other papers than it is portrayed here. Shame!

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More stupid from the El Segundo Times. This is what bad newspapers do. Crap like this.

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