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Trump not taking Hydroxychloroquine?

Following President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, it’s being reported he is being treated with Remdesivir and an antibody cocktail produced by Regeneron.

Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said that in addition to the antibodies, “the president has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.”

Not Hydroxychloroquine.

Despite early claims that Hydroxychloroquine would somehow be the miracle drug for COVID treatment — and despite Trump himself strongly touting it — not a mention of it now.

Hydroxychloroquine (often known as Plaquenil), a drug used as a longtime effective malaria and lupus treatment, has mixed results in COVID-19 cases. Although showing positive results in some instances, it has particularly proven problematic for COVID patients with cardiovascular conditions, thus including many seniors most susceptible to the virus.

Remdesivir, alternatively, has continued to show positive results.

Yet for months I’ve watched many — including a lot of my fellow conservatives — on social media and elsewhere continue to tout Hydroxychloroquine, while maligning any reports or studies saying otherwise as politically motivated junk science.

The huge majority of these individuals had likely not heard of Hydroxychloroquine prior to COVID, yet they have since become experts.

Their motivation for defending Hydroxychloroquine seems to be based solely on one thing: Trump’s early positive statements about the drug. A political motivation, in other words.

Two words: Internet hysteria.

The bottom line — there often is not one single treatment that will be universally effective for all patients, not for COVID and not in medicine in general.

Physicians and health practitioners need to make an informed decision based on each individual patient’s condition, the risks involved, and other factors.

It’s just as extreme to mandate a physician cannot use something like Hydroxychloroquine, as it is to claim it’s the miracle drug that should be applied in most every case.

Internet hysteria.

Maybe it’s best if all the “experts” just keep quiet and let physicians make quality decisions based on the needs of each of their patients.

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Although Jantz is the CEO of Grossmont Healthcare District, this represents his personal opinion.

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