Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine is in the News Again

Hydroxychloroquine is back in the news again! 

That’s because Donald Trump has started his nonsense again – he described a Houston-based doctor who is advocating the anti-malaria drug, as “very impressive”. 

Stella Immanuel who had pronounced that "this virus has a cure, it's called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax" – has (again) landed herself right smack in the center of a rumpus over unproven and potentially dangerous claims that the alleged treatment can cure Covid-19. 

In a video, which was livestreamed on Monday by the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News and subsequently shared by the clown team of Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. (left), Dr Immanuel’s purported cure runs counter to advice from public health officials, including the Trump administration's own health experts. Multiple studies have likewise shown that hydroxychloroquine alone or in combination with others does not help Covid-19 patients. 

The video featured Immanuel among a cohort of people wearing white lab coats who called themselves "America's Frontline Doctors" staging a press conference, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, a right-wing political organization, in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.

She said taking hydroxychloroquine was common in Cameroon and therefore not harmful. [FYI, the said African country has 17,179 cases and 391 deaths as at yesterday]. 

The video was promptly removed from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter after amassing millions of views and thousands of shares. 

While she also declared that face masks are unnecessary, Immanuel appears to be wearing an N95 mask in a video shared on her clinic's Facebook page and encourages visitors to the clinic seeking treatment to wear face coverings. LOL! 

Immanuel, of course, is no stranger to conspiracy theories. 

On her website and in sermons posted on YouTube, Immanuel – who practices medicine at Rehoboth Medical Center, a clinic in Houston, Texas and is also a Christian pastor and founder of the Fire Power Ministries church – has, among other things, professed that sex with "tormenting spirits" is responsible for gynecological problems, miscarriages and impotence. 

"Many women suffer from astral sex regularly. Astral sex is the ability to project one's spirit man into the victim's body and have intercourse with it", she once asserted in a sermon. 

The Daily Beast also said that the physician had even suggested in other sermons that alien DNA was used in medical treatments and that scientists are plotting to develop a "vaccine" to make it impossible to become religious. 

Immanuel reportedly received her medical degree from a university in Nigeria in 1990, according to the Texas Medical Board database. On her Facebook page, she says she was born in Cameroon and describes herself as "God's battle axe and weapon of war". 

Trump’s idiotic re-tweet decision to amplify Stella Immanuel raises fresh questions about his messaging and pandemic response. It also gives her crackpot ideas an important platform and risks lending credibility to someone who has made a number of dangerous claims in the past.

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