Trump's Coronavirus Treatments Explained
May 1st, 2020 | TC
Donald Trump has been perpetually under attack for making references to possible Coronavirus treatments over the past couple of months. Mainstream media has lambasted him for suggesting a popular Malaria drug could treat COVID-19, for suggesting zinc could be used to treat symptoms and for suggesting that UV treatment and disinfectants could be used inside the body. But what is really behind Trump's references and where did they come from? If you were to believe the media, you would think that Trump had pulled these treatments out of the air, or that he was making up fantasies in his own head. In fact, it is more than obvious that Trump is referring to existing treatments and studies being conducted to fight Coronavirus. Surrounded by a team of doctors, it is also obvious that Trump is repeating things he has been hearing in conversations between these doctors.
Hydroxychloroquine And Chloroquine (Malaria Drug)
In March, the first bout of media frenzy began when Donald Trump attended one of his daily Coronavirus press briefings. In late February, clinical studies began to emerge in Japan, China and Europe that focused on HIV drugs and Malaria drugs as potential treatments for the Coronavirus. It was shortly after, in March, when the unscripted President referenced these studies in his press briefing.
On February 20, CNBC reported these studies, along with much of mainstream media. These media reports did not receive much fanfare or attention at the time. It wasn't until Trump suggested that Malaria drugs could be used to effectively treat COVID-19 that the media went into a full fledged frenzy. This was how it unfolded:
By the middle of March, results of a study from France showed promise for Malaria drugs as a treatment.
Shortly after, Trump mentioned the treatment at his press briefing and tweeted, “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.” From there, all hell broke loose and the mainstream media began a long-winded and seemingly coordinated attack against the President.
Science Magazine published a headline saying, “'This Is Insane!' Many Scientists Lament Trump's Embrace Of Risky Malaria Drugs For Coronavirus”.
Bloomberg said, “Trump Pushes An Unproven Malaria Drug.”
Politico said, “Trump's Push For Risky Malaria Drug Disrupts Coronavirus Response.”
On March 31, two weeks after a study from France showed promise, CNN said, “Fact Check: Trump Again Touts Anti-Malaria Drugs Without Scientific Proof.”
In a genuinely bizarre turn, America's corporate media created a frenzy over the Malaria drug, acting as though no scientific evidence had emerged at all and that Donald Trump was simply being reckless by suggesting these drugs could work—when, in fact, it had been the media reporting these studies and publishing the findings from the beginning.
The real shit hit the fan when an Arizona couple, listening to the frenzied media report that Trump had touted chloroquine as a cure, ingested a cleaner used in fish tanks. Seeing the ingredient listed on the packaging, the wife of the husband who died had the idea to ingest the chemical. Somehow, following her husband's death, reporters for NBC managed to track her down and interview her.
“I had it in the house because I used to have Koi Fish,” she told the reporter. “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, 'Hey, isn't that the stuff they're talking about on TV?'”
The woman wanted to remain anonymous and NBC granted her the right to not be named. In their report, the NBC journalists said the woman had been watching briefings by Donald Trump that were “on a lot”. In another sentence, the woman also told them it had been the chemical they were “talking about on TV”.
Without getting too much into the semantics, the woman blamed the media just as much as she may have been blaming Trump. In fact, little from the interview suggests that the woman was pointing the finger at the President. In her own words, she directly mentioned they who were talking about it on TV.
NBC also added that the woman had a warning to all Americans: “Be careful and call your doctor.”
What started as a hopeful and encouraging push by a President to reassure Americans that there could be potential cures and treatments on the way for COVID-19, ended as a hysterical media frenzy designed to further destroy and invalidate Donald Trump.
For more than ten years, zinc has been talked about and proven as an effective treatment for the common cold. Zinc lozenges and supplements are sold in drug stores as cold remedies, along with Vitamin C and other vitamins in combined forms. As doctors have noted, there are several strains of coronaviruses around the word and the virus itself is not new. In fact, up to 30% of common colds in America are caused by coronaviruses. The numbers are greater in Asia and the Middle East.
Why then was MSNBC's hired doctor, Vin Gupta, so mystified when Donald Trump suggested zinc as a treatment in one of his daily press briefings?
During Trump's live daily briefing on April 8, Trump said, “You should add zinc. I want to throw that out there, because that's where we seem to be having the best results.” The left-wing news network was so eager to challenge Trump and make him look like a fool, they cut away from his live broadcast to put Gupta on the air.
“The comments about zinc were mystifying,” Gupta said. “There's no evidence I've seen suggesting zinc in addition to hydroxychloroquine would be helpful.”
The mystified doctor and his network appeared to be oblivious to years worth of studies showing zinc as a potentially effective remedy for common colds, many of which are coronaviruses. A doctor at a Canadian university published an article on March 12, stating:
Dr. Robb referred to research that had demonstrated an inhibition of the replication of many viruses, including coronaviruses, by exposure to zinc. He indicated that this could also be the case for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, but pointed out that he has no experimental support for the claim. Nevertheless, he did suggest sucking on zinc lozenges several times a day if “cold-like” symptoms present. He specifically advised that this should be while lying down to give the zinc the best chance of contracting the virus.
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the author of the above article, also states that zinc has been shown in studies to reduce the duration of common colds, many of which are coronaviruses. I encourage you to read the article from McGill University here. Another article published at UCHealth talks about zinc being used to treat the current COVID-19. You can read that here.
Injecting And Inhaling Disinfectants
The latest media frenzy involves Trump suggesting the injection of disinfectants and UV rays to treat Coronavirus. If you were to listen to America's corporate media, you would come away thinking that Trump had encouraged or promoted the injection and inhalation of disinfectants and solvents like bleach and isopropyl alcohol. However, that is not what he did.
It is important to note that NBC was caught selectively editing Trump's remarks and that MSN was caught deleting an article published on April 10. We will get to that later, but for now, we should dissect what really happened and how America's mainstream media covered it.
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"In fact, it is more than obvious that Trump is referring to existing treatments and studies being conducted to fight Coronavirus."
On April 23, after taking the stage following a report from White House doctors, Trump went on to reiterate and expand upon what they had previously stated. He also went on to saying, “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it's ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn't been checked because of the testing,” to one of the doctors on his team. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you're going to test that too.”
Trump continued, saying, “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it [Coronavirus] gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you are going to have to use medical doctors with.”
Trump closed his somewhat ambiguous statement with, “It sounds interesting to me.”
Within hours, Twitter's verified journalists with blue checkmarks descended into a frenzy. Not long after, articles from America's mainstream media began to circulate, claiming that Donald Trump had suggested the injection of household cleaners, like bleach and Lysol, for patients suffering with COVID-19.
These false media reports quickly provoked an official statement from Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Lysol, discouraging the ingestion and injection of their products. This, despite Donald Trump never mentioning a particular kind of disinfectant or brand in his statement. This, despite Trump never encouraging Americans to inject themselves with bleach or Lysol.
Before he took the stage at his daily briefing, one of Trump's doctors had mentioned studies showing how bleach, sunlight and isopropyl alcohol have effectively killed the Coronavirus on surfaces. Later in the briefing, following Trump's remarks, a reporter asked the doctor if there was any scenario in which disinfectants would be injected to kill the virus in the body, to which the doctor said, “no.”
Trump then clarified his comments, saying, “It wouldn't be through injections. You're talking about almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't work, but it certainly has a big effect on stationary objects.”
Of course, none of Trump's later remarks showed up in media headlines. In one instance, NBC selectively edited out Trump's comment about using medical doctors. An archived link has been created of the NBC article in question—in case they edit or delete it—showing how they removed Trump's comment from a quote. That can be found here.
Here is a tweet from Poletical's Twitter page, with screenshots, comparing the NBC article to Trump's full quote:
Here is another tweet showing how MSN deleted an article from April 10 that cited a study showing the effectiveness of inhaling hydrogen peroxide to fight respiratory viruses and COVID-19. The link and article were eventually restored on April 24 after being deleted earlier the same day after being shared several times across social media:
Along with using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to fight COVID-19 in the lungs, other studies are being conducted to test the effectiveness of ingesting chlorine (bleach) tablets. However, these studies began long before Donald Trump made any mention of injecting disinfectants into the blood streams of patients.
Doctors are currently recruiting volunteers to participate in a study on chlorine dioxide and how it could work at fighting COVID-19. Chlorine dioxide is a toxic chemical used to bleach paper and it has been falsely claimed in the past as a treatment for autism. However, a study began recruitment on April 13 to study its effects on COVID-19. Details can be found here.
Ironically, every single reference to possible treatments made by Donald Trump have proven to be based in some sort of scientific fact, or on some sort of study. From his earliest suggestion about a Malaria drug to his latest reference to using disinfectants inside the human body, all have had some sort of link to science.
Many of the studies and treatments touted by Trump were published by mainstream media sources long before he mentioned them. This leads us to believe that Trump has been doing nothing more than repeating news and information he has gotten from media and from his team of doctors.
What we do know is that Donald Trump has never encouraged Americans to ingest chemicals used to clean fish tanks. We have caught media acting “mystified” over claims that have been cited in actual scientific studies and published many years ago. We have seen NBC selectively remove Trump's mention of using medical doctors, while pumping out headlines that blame the President for encouraging Americans to ingest chemicals they can find in their cupboards. We have seen CNN “fact check” the President's claims and deem them false, despite the publication of scientific studies that back up his claims. In many cases, the very same media sources that have attacked Trump are the same media sources that originally published news about Malaria drugs and zinc.
In the end, we are witnessing a heavily biased and ideological war against our president. As of yet, we don't know who is winning.
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