How Can Junk Science Prove Hydroxychloroquine Is Junk Science?
A newly published study is creating news headlines that the widely touted medicine hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for prevention against COVID-19 coronavirus has once again been found to be ineffective. The study adds to the volumes of junk science already produced to allegedly prove this medicine is ineffective or even problematic.
The study met all the criteria science demands for credibility. It was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial involving a sufficient number of participants to produce at least a statistical if not meaningful conclusion as to the safety and effectiveness of properly-dosed hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the long-used anti-malarial drug that the President of the United States name-dropped as an alternative to vaccines.
The objective was to measure if HCQ prevents COVID-19 coronavirus infection among healthcare workers. Results of the study are published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Internal Medicine, Sept. 30, 2020.
Better than nothing
Of course, this is just another of the misleading studies right from the get-go as the medicine (hydroxychloroquine) is being tested against a so-called placebo, which is not real world. What doctors should want to know is how HCQ stacks up next to vitamin D or zinc, which are known preventive agents. All that this study could possibly prove is that HCQ is better than nothing.
The study was conducted among health care workers who care for COVID-19 coronavirus-infected patients to see if HCQ could prevent transmission of this virus. The study involved 132 subjects who were without symptoms (asymptomatic) and had negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests after a nasal swab sample was obtained. HCQ was taken daily for 8 weeks.
The assumption was healthcare workers would have a 10% infection rate. Predictably, there was no significant difference in infection rates between HCQ-treated (6.3%) and placebo-treated participants (6.6%). There was no change in heart rate as some prior tests indicated.
If the test is flawed, how can the data be valid?
None of the healthcare workers who were COVID-19-positive by PCR test required hospitalizati
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