I honestly have no idea what to make of this stuff.
This is crazy. How can Drs. Fauci, Birx, Redfield, the Surgeon General and so many others basically conclude the research is inconclusive at best and this seemingly highly credible epidemiologist from Yale seems certain that it's an effective treatment?
It seems to me that the government (especially since the leader is so convinced) should do some serious investment in research on this drug/ drug combination and try to replicate the successful research indicated in this article.
I get that there is politics here, but there is also a Hippocratic oath. I have faith that most doctors would not take a pass on an effective treatment just because Trump likes it.
They've done the research with double-blind clinical trials, the gold standard for testing effectiveness of a drug. So did many other countries. All of those studies showed no effectiveness of hydroxychloroquin in treating covid-19. The results are very, very convincing.
There are ongoing studies right now to test if it is effective in protecting people who are at higher risk for infection. We will see what those studies tell us soon.
Be careful when one or two doctors post and refer to poorer quality studies and their own observations. Even well-established scientists have personal and financial bias.
A great deal of money, rigor, and effort goes in to double-blind clinical trials. They are free of political bias. Unfortunately the vast majority of clinical trials fail the double-blind test. Finding effective, safe drugs is very, very hard and researchers deal with a great deal of disappointment working in this field. Most people would have been very happy if a cheap readily available drug like hydroxychloroquin was effective.
I find the belief that some people have that hydroxychloroquin is repressed for political reasons very perplexing because many countries have independently come to the same conclusion that it is not effective. If there was really some coordinated conspiracy between all of these countries, it would be the first time in history that we've had such broad international cooperation of any sort for any purpose.
We should all focus more on other treatments. In the meantime remdesivir and plasma therapy have been moderately effective , are in high use right now and are helping people. It's probably why in part the death rate has declined.