A doctor died from cardiac arrest after taking hydroxychloroquine for a few days as a prophylaxis against COVID-19!
This is yet another example of why it is dangerous for anyone to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19!
Donald Trump Created The Hydroxychloroquine Hype
In March 2020, US President Donald Trump kicked off they hydroxychloroquine hype when he falsely claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has repeatedly corrected him and denied that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine is a treatment for COVID-19.
But it has not stopped Trump from continuing to advocate the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19, saying
“I think people should [take hydroxychloroquine]. If it were me, in fact, I might do it anyway. I may take it …“
The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.
On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine was merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.
They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.”
Doctor Died Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Prevent COVID-19
After taking the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (Z-Pak) combination that Donald Trump promoted for just a few days, Dr. Utpal Barman died of a massive cardiac arrest on 29 March 2020.
Dr. Barman, who was an anaesthesiologist at the Pratiksha Hospital in Guwahati, Assam in India, reportedly took the combination as a prophylaxis against COVID-19.
We received a panic call from Dr Barman’s wife and many of us reached his home to find him writhing in pain. At first, it looked like an acute myocardial infarction—or heart attack. He was immediately shifted to Guwahati Neurology Research Centre where he died shortly.
Sadly, it appeared that he was unnecessarily self-medicating himself, because there were no COVID-19 cases in Assam at that time.
Hydroxychloroquine : Not Over The Counter For A Reason!
Donald Trump is blasé about the risks of taking hydroxychloroquine and Z-Pak (azithromycin) as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, because he suffers from the Dunning-Kruger effect – stupid people are incapable of understanding how stupid they are.
Many doctors, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are hesitant about using hydroxychloroquine to treat / prevent COVID-19 because it has NOT been proven to work, and it is known to be cardio-toxic in 1%-3% of people who take it.
Hydroxychloroquine prolongs the QT interval.
Use hydroxychloroquine with caution in patients with cardiac disease or other conditions that may increase the risk of QT prolongation including :
- cardiac arrhythmias,
- congenital long QT syndrome,
- heart failure,
- myocardial infarction,
- coronary artery disease,
- or in patients receiving medications known to prolong the QT interval or cause electrolyte imbalances.
Females, geriatric patients, patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, malnutrition, liver impairment, or those who drink alcohol to excess may also be at increased risk for QT prolongation.
Chronic toxicity should be considered when conduction disorders (bundle-branch block, AV block) or biventricular hypertrophy are diagnosed.
If cardiotoxicity is suspected, prompt discontinuation of hydroxychloroquine may prevent life-threatening cardiac complications.
Hydroxychloroquine’s cardiotoxicity may be further exacerbated by pairing it with Z-Pak (Azithromycin).
In addition to known hepatotoxicity effects, Z-Pak (Azithromycin) can potentially cause cardiac problems like arrhythmias, and even prolong the QT interval.
Hydroxychloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!
It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be effective against COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.
But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.
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Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.
Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.
Stay safe, wherever you are!
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Stay at home or shelter in place
- Keep your hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep your home, office, vehicle, etc. clean
- If you must go out, maintain a social distance of 6 feet (2 metres)
- Wear a surgical mask and make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
- Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation
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