The death of journalism VI
A new study hasn’t been peer reviewed yet, but it opens the door to a serious discussion that a form of the oft-ridiculed Hydroxychloroquine may have increased the survival rate of intubated COVID-19 patients by more than 100 percent.
A synopsis of the study, “Observational Study on 255 Mechanically Ventilated Covid Patients at the Beginning of the USA Pandemic”, said:
Introduction This observational study looked at 255 COVID19 patients who required invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) during the first two months of the US pandemic. Through comprehensive, longitudinal evaluation and new consideration of all the data, we were able to better describe and understand factors affecting outcome after intubation….
Put starkly, the scientists–Leon G. Smith, Nicolas Mendoza, David Dobesh and Stephen M. Smith–said, “we found that when increased doses of co-administered HCQ [Hydroxychloroquine] and AZM [Azithromycin] were associated with >100% increase in survival.”
The authors are appropriately cautious about their findings, saying, “Future clinical trials need to consider the weight variance of hospitalized Covid patients and need to study therapeutics more thoughtfully.”
More detailed explanation is provided in News Medical:
When given together with AZM, the benefit was still more significant. Chances of survival increased further. Among those who received both > 3g HCQ and >1g AZM, almost half survived, compared to one in seven (16%) among patients who received one of these drugs at the same dosages.
Perhaps further studies will cast doubt on this study, but it flies in the face of the certain condemnation and ridicule of anyone who said the usefulness of this inexpensive and widely available drug as a COVID-19 therapeutic deserves a look-see.
As soon as the word Hydroxychloroquine came out of the mouths of President Donald Trump and FoxNews host Laura Ingram, they were denounced for being anti-science. That, despite the encouraging reports from clinicians who were actually treating patients.
Of course, the mainstream, corporate or legacy media (whatever you want to call them) joined in the auto-da-fé spreading without question the anti-science rhetoric unleashed by liberals/progressives/Democrats. Without checking it out for themselves.
Will the media ever learn?