On Monday, President Trump announced to the world that he is taking hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent infection by COVID-19.
Here’s his statement:
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The announcement triggered a number of people, especially Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who said the drug can kill people.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you,” he said after flipping through a number of studies.
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
This was followed up by two guests to Cavuto’s program who gave conflicting information. One doctor said he was right, while another said the president is right:
Neil Cavuto: It sounds like what you are saying, you have a risk of losing your life if you do what the president just recommended?
Dr. Bob Lahita: That is correct. pic.twitter.com/NLySclX9tU
— John Whitehouse+ (@existentialfish) May 18, 2020
— Dr Janette Nesheiwat (@DoctorJanette) May 18, 2020
So, who’s correct?
A post at Twitchy noted:
For what it’s worth, this editor’s wife has been taking hydroxychloroquine for over a decade and suffered no side effects at all; it’s an anti-malarial that is prescribed off-label to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Does taking it to prevent contracting the coronavirus work? We don’t know, but we’re not concerned that the president is going to die if he’s taking it under a physician’s care.
Naturally, this prompted a great deal of discussion on Twitter:
When did Cavuto become an expert on Hydroxychloroquine?
— PICKLES017 (@drspago) May 18, 2020
So he cites that garbage, debunked, VA study of HCQ. Figures.
— Lloyd Richard McElheny (@CapitaLiszt) May 18, 2020
He lost me as a viewer today. It was such a dumb thing for him to get the vapors over. Thankfully Fox Business is the next channel over.
— RedNexican (@RedNexican2020) May 18, 2020
You sure, Neil? Tell these folks that pic.twitter.com/ehwmfM5S93
— The Cheese (@thecheesefeed) May 18, 2020
Well, Neal, I’m not a veterinarian, but I know a horses ass when I see one
— RQB2 (@bbridewell) May 18, 2020
Jesse Watters later noted:
"I think we are making a little too big deal out of this like we always do when it comes to hydroxychloroquine. I don't understand why it's been politicized like it has." #TheFive pic.twitter.com/4P6Ows6toO
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) May 18, 2020
Good point. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter what Trump does, the propagandists in the liberal media will bash it simply to be contrary.
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