In other words, it backs up every statement made by competent medical professionals.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Hydroxychloroquine did not prevent healthy people exposed to someone with covid-19 from getting the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a study being published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study is the first randomized clinical trial that tested the antimalarial drug as a preventive measure, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School who conducted the trial. It showed that hydroxychloroquine, which has been touted by President Trump, was no more effective than a placebo — in this case, a vitamin — in protecting people exposed to covid-19.
“As we say in Tennessee, ‘that dog won’t hunt’ — it didn’t work,” said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Schaffner, who was not involved in the trial, praised it as “rigorously done.”
The results were the latest development in a highly charged medical and political issue — the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in combating covid-19. Trump has repeatedly touted the drug as a “game changer” for covid-19 and recently said he took a course of it. But federal regulators have said it should be used only for hospitalized patients or in clinical trials, because of possible side effects including serious heart-rhythm issues.
This is especially relevant because Trump’s doctor recently released the results of his physical which misstates his height, weight, and blood pressure, as well as discussing his use of Hydroxychloroquine.
Courtesy of CNN:
A memo from the President’s physical, Dr. Sean Conley, simply said “there were no findings of significance or changes to report.”
The memo noted Trump’s use of hydroxychloroquine, which he revealed last month he began taking after staffers at the White House tested positive for Covid-19.
In the memo, Conley wrote the decision to take the drug — which has not been proven to prevent or treat coronavirus — “was done in consultation with his appropriate care team members and close monitoring of the electrocardiogram (EKG) for changes in the QT interval.”
The memo said Trump completed a round of the drug without side effects, and that subsequent coronavirus tests came back negative.
So while taking a drug that offers absolutely no protection against the Coronavirus, Trump did not get the Coronavirus, according to a doctor who thinks he is 6 foot three and weighs less than 280 lbs.
Well, I’m sold.