Well choloroquine has been used in some trials in China with positive results. It does have some side effects, but the nice thing is that they are well known. But yeah, buying a version intended to be put into a fish tank is a bad idea. Even if the formula was exactly the same, you have NO idea of how to get an appropriate dose when dealing with a drug intended to be put into a fish tank to deal with fish parasites. How much would be effective against COVID-19 without causing permanent vision loss? (one of the possible side effects of choloroquine) I’m not sure that even a doctor could easily figure that out from the instructions for use in an aquarium.
Have you seen Trump’s legal team?
Anyway, this is one where they would settle quick. Better to throw some taxpayer money at that problem, add a no-fault clause and an NDA, than to give this more press. In fact, they may be prepping that offer now.
They’ll just need to convince Trump, who likes all press and wants to keep all taxpayer money.
No, these briefings and the corrections from people who do know something and the consequences of Cheetolini’s incompetence should be televized, so they are forced down the throats of the chuds who support that stupid lump of shit and they will finally be forced to realize and admit that they acted with criminal stupidity when they voted for him.
“Trump Always Lies” Learn it, live it, never forget it.
Whether they should have been taking that message away from his “nonsense of the moment™” or not, that’s the thing that needs to be remembered. He’s either talking about something he knows nothing about, or saying something that purely benefits him and his friends. Nothing else.
The toxic dose and the therapeutic dose are very close, so even getting the correct form, people shouldn’t be taking it casually. Underlying issues (liver, kidney) may make it more lethal. Some people don’t know their underlying issues, but a Dr. who’s done a CBC at least, would have a better guess. Also, taking it in too small a dose might engender resistant strains of Corvid. I know you’re not advocating self-administering, but this is really not a DIY treatment.
American law is really conservative about what speech acts you can be held liable for, and unfortunately I wouldn’t expect Trump’s statements to quite hit the “shouting fire in a crowded theater” test. Not to say I’d be surprised if he crossed that line in the coming weeks.
I’m having trouble achieving my usual level of schadenfreude over this story, not like I would if, say, Rand Paul just happened to receive no more than the quality of medical care he wants for all the rest of us. It’s just such an obvious confluence of so many threads of modern zeitgeist that I can’t help thinking of this couple as victims, but I don’t think a culture of uncritically believing everything Trump says is any more responsible than the pop-sci media that’s also overpromised on chloroquine results, or the opportunistic assholes who’ve spent decades pushing an anti-science agenda so they can sell bullshit that does nothing, or the “preppers” who say it’s a good idea for people with no medical training to dose themselves with fish medicine.
These poor people have been sold a lie that it’s not only possible but virtuous for everyone in a complex modern civilization to personally have all the knowledge they need to be entirely self-sufficient, and that anyone who says otherwise is preying on them and trying to take away their freedom. It’s a lie that sells really well to an American audience, and offers limitless opportunities to take advantage of people by misdirecting them to reliably trust the wrong people. Trump, as a walking, talking email forward from your craziest uncle, is just the single biggest example of “the wrong people” and I hope people remember that in November.
I’ve been wondering about that for this, as well as the people who just plain died to COVID-19 due to the delay in his doing anything about it.
I suppose the answer is “no”, despite as much as we all would like it to be “yes”, much like the CEOs of corporations that put them massively in debt to cash out for them personally and then bankrupt the company and create thousands of unemployed people are never found guilty of anything.