The risk that Trump represents (mentioned here) just went up a few notches.
Yesterday ‘The lancet’ published this large scale study of 96,000 patients hospitalised with covid-19 that analysed the impact of using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.
Unlike some of the recent studies that have been ambiguous, the findings here were clear: If you take hydroxychloroquine you have significantly more chance of dying:
For context, remember that just a couple of weeks ago Trump was encouraging the American public at large to ‘try it‘. He even specified a combination of drugs back in March:
It transpires that this particular combination produces even more deadly results than hydroxychloroquine on its own:
For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic — the cocktail endorsed by Trump — there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias.Washington Post, May 22
So even if Trump withdraws his recommendation for the drugs today (which he won’t) — people in America, and no doubt around the world, will have died as a direct result of his advice.
Can you imagine the blowback if any other world leader had made these same recommendations with the same disregard for safety and due diligence? But with Trump it’s just another dysfunctional day in the White House. Scary times.