So this is why the news media is getting called the “enemy of the people.” Much like the Democratic Party, just when you think they have reached rock bottom, they manage to surprise you.
Trump says in a news conference that he supports the use of a prescribed medication chloroquine for treatment of coronavirus. This is a drug that has been used so frequently in malaria cases that it is ubiquitous in developing countries. We are not talking about an unknown substance here. A famous French scientist has posted extremely favorable results in using it to treat coronavirus patients, indicating that it can make patients non-contagious in as little as six days.
Sounds promising, right? Sounds like something doctors in the United States might want to have in their arsenal, right? Maybe something we should explore?
Then the media, starting with Axios – in a tweet the news site has since deleted – then spreading like an intellectual disease to the New York Times and then other news outlets, started reporting a hyped-up gotcha story about how a man in Arizona ate a chemical used for cleaning problematic algae out of fish tanks, also called Chloroquine, in an attempt to get rid of the coronavirus. And he died, because fish tank cleaners are not prescription medication and you shouldn’t eat it. This ranks right up there with the suburban, anti-vaxxer, Whole Foods home remedies, soccer moms who think drinking bleach gets rid of measles. Facebook is full of idiots like this – they even assemble in virtual groups there so they can help other idiots self-radicalize – and in sane times they do not get to have a role in dictating health policy. Alas, my friends, these are not sane times.
Now all this might make an interesting entry in the Darwin Awards for most people, but to a Trump-deranged media, this is it, this is the 40-billionth thing that will finally, finally, finally take down President Trump. So they are printing it over and over and over for the partisan mouthbreathers who consume their content to get fired up over.
Well, it turns out that one of the partisan mouthbreathers in their audience happens to be the governor of Nevada. He’s now issued an order prohibiting the use of chloroquine in the treatment of coronavirus patients:
Nevada’s governor has signed an emergency order barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order Tuesday restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine comes after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment for the virus.
Trump last week falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus. After the FDA’s chief said the drug still needs to be tested for that use, Trump overstated the drug’s potential benefits in containing the virus.
Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19. His order also limits a prescription to a 30-day supply to ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes” and so that people cannot find a way to stockpile the drug.
The governor’s rule comes a day after a Phoenix-area man died and his wife was in critical condition from taking an additive used to clean fish tanks known as chloroquine phosphate, similar to the drug used to treat malaria.
Notice how the Nevada paper claims that Trump “falsely stated” the medication was approved by the FDA for coronavirus patients. See, Trump can say things like that because he personally issued an executive order – it’s a neat thing the President of the United States can do – opening up the use of experimental treatments for coronavirus patients and cutting out the red tape in a crisis. He wasn’t wrong, but the media keeps reporting it like he was wrong on that point and that he legitimately recommended ingesting fish tank cleaner for the virus, when he was in fact talking about a well-established medication prescribed by medical professionals. It’s a subtle difference, I know.
But now the Democratic governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak – whose professional background includes selling coffee cups, pens, and other merchandise with company logos to small businesses – is intervening in the medical treatment of people in hospitals because Orange Man Bad. If you are on your death bed in the hospital, he wants to make sure you do not have access to that medication Trump was talking about because he read the fake news and it said Trump was evil and you can just die a horrible death instead if you want it.
This is insanity. And you should definitely keep stories like this in mind for the next time some liberal shill talks to you about how awesome socialized medicine would be.