Dr. Denis G Rancourt, PhD researchgate.net Mon, 20 Apr 2020
Masks and respirators do not work. There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.
Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.
Conclusion regarding masks that do not work
No RCT study with verified outcome shows a benefit for HCW or community members in households to wearing a mask or respirator. There is no such study. There are no exceptions. Likewise, no study exists that shows a benefit from a broad policy to wear masks in public (more on this below).
Furthermore, if there were any benefit to wearing a mask, because of the blocking power against droplets and aerosol particles, then there should be more benefit from wearing a respirator (N95) compared to a surgical mask, yet several large meta-analyses, and all the RCT, prove that there is no such relative benefit. Masks and respirators do not work.
South Dakota implements statewide hydroxychloroquine clinical trial for potential coronavirus treatment
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday announced a statewide clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine for the possible treatment of COVID-19, making her state the first in the country to institute a program exploring the potential effectiveness of the drug in treating and preventing coronavirus.
“From Day One, I’ve said we’re going to let the science, facts and data drive our decision-making in South Dakota,” Noem said in a statement provided to Fox News. Noem, a Republican, announced the “comprehensive” clinical trial Monday after communicating with White House officials in the last week to “let them know that South Dakota’s medical community was ready to step up and lead the way on research efforts.”
South Dakota did not lock down at all, allowed Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, Z-Pak for treatment of CoVid 19, and did not mandate mask wearing.
As of September 2, 2020 South Dakota, results are as follows:
Now let’s look at New York where the Governor totally locked the down the state, did not promote Hydroxychloroquine for treatment and ordered that sick people be put in Nursing Homes with the Elderly.
Cuomo Delays Release of Data On New York’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths Until After Election
by Tyler Durden Wed, 09/02/2020
Last week, Democrats denounced the DoJ Civil Rights Division’s decision to demand more data from New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on policies enacted by each (Democratic) governor that required hospitals and long-term care homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients. Such a bone-headed policy sounds almost horrifying in retrospect – and mainstream media outlets have even admitted that these decisions might stand as the worst policy blunders of the entire pandemic. Even worse than the Trump Administration’s struggle to ramp up testing during the early days of the outbreak (something the Washington Post once showed was primarily caused by bureaucratic incompetence at the CDC).
Fast forward to Tuesday evening, and it appears the governor’s office is stonewalling the DoJ by refusing to turn over some of the information being requested. Remember, the DoJ didn’t launch a full-on investigation – at least, not yet. This is mostly a fact-finding mission to try and determine how these harmful policies, which have been blamed for thousands of COVID-19 deaths, were left in place for so long. Cuomo reportedly didn’t scrap the policy in NY until May.
Let’s take a look at some of the people in our government and some others that recovered by taking Hydroxychloroquine + Zinc + Z Pak.
Miami man said unproven drug helped him beat COVID-19. Pro-Trump media gave him star treatment
BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS MARCH 28, 2020 UPDATED MARCH 28, 2020
Giardinieri says he was cured after being prescribed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which Trump has touted as a “game-changer” when used with antibiotics to fight the coronavirus and secondary bacterial pneumonia.
Michigan Man Claims Malaria Drug Helped Him Survive COVID-19
Monday, March 30, 2020 by Peg McNichol
You may have heard the story of a 38-year-old Michigan man saying Detroit-area doctors saved his life using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin saving his life.
38-year-old Jim Santilli told the conservative radio host Steve Gruber he’d been hospitalized at a Henry Ford Health System in suburban Detroit with COVID-19 and received the two drugs,
He believes they helped him survive CoVid-19.
Malaria drug used to treat coronavirus patients at Oregon veterans’ home
Updated Apr 03, 2020; Posted Apr 02, 2020
After hearing that hydroxychloroquine could be effective, Dr. Rob Richardson began treating eight of the veterans with it and an antibiotic called azithromycin, also known as Z-Pak.
Of the eight patients that Richardson treated with hydroxychloroquine and Z-Pak, seven recovered and one — a 91-year-old patient — died. Richardson has no conclusive evidence that the treatment led to their recovery but there were no negative side effects.
Coronavirus News: Woman credits experimental drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery
Saturday, April 4, 2020
“Once my fever was gone, it was gone, that was it,” Suzanne Schwing said.
Schwing is smiling again and with good reason. She spent 10 days in a hospital room after she was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, where she was diagnosed with COVID-19. On day three of her hospitalization Schwing was given hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, along with antibiotics. It’s a pharmaceutical cocktail approved by the FDA for clinical trials, and this week, a preliminary Chinese study offered promising results.
Schwing is convinced it worked for her.
Detroit rep says hydroxychloroquine, Trump helped save her life amid COVID-19 fight
State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
“It was less than two hours” before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
Ben McAdams says he took hydroxychloroquine during recovery from coronavirus
By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times – Monday, April 6, 2020
Rep. Ben McAdams on Monday said he took hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug President Trump has talked up as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients, during his recovery from the coronavirus.
Mr. McAdams said he took the hydroxychloroquine alone and not in combination with azithromycin, an antibiotic. That combination has also been mentioned as a potential treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Franklin Lakes Lawyer, His Doc Say Drug Touted by Trump Was Game Changer In COVID-19 Recovery
Cecilia Levine 04/08/2020
Billy Saracino of Franklin Lakes believes a major dose of Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug touted by President Trump in fighting coronavirus, may be what saved him.
His doctor Robert Bock agrees, and says he’s had incredible success in using Hydroxychloroquine to treat his other patients.
Senator Rand Paul appears on Fox News to discuss what it was like for him to contract the Wuhan Virus. Interestingly, as a doctor himself, Senator Paul shares that he had no symptoms for the virus despite testing positive. Additionally, Senator Paul shares that his local healthcare providers are prescribing hydroxychloroquine as a treatment and there appears to be anecdotal evidence the medication has positive effects.
Trump meets with recovered coronavirus patients, tout’s hydroxychloroquine
BY KATHRYN WATSON APRIL 14, 2020 / 4:34 PM / CBS NEWS
Mr. Trump asked the patients to discuss their experience with the drug, if they took it. Some patients have anecdotally said the drug has helped them, although clinical trials about the effectiveness and risks of taking the drug have yet to be completed.
One of the participants at Tuesday’s roundtable was a Democratic state representative, Karen Whitsett, who credited the drug at least in part for her recovery. Mr. Trump joked that surely, she won’t vote for former vice president “sleepy” Joe Biden for president.
Mark Campbell, a former NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, also said at the meeting that he took hydroxychloroquine.
Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine, White House confirms
‘The president said himself he’s taking it. That’s a given fact’
- FDA has approved drug for malaria but not against Covid-19
At the White House, the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told CBS News Trump was taking hydroxychloroquine. “I can absolutely confirm that,” she said. “The president said himself he’s taking it. That’s a given fact. He said it. The president should be taken at his word.”
GOP congressman Rep. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican reveals he and his family are using hydroxychloroquine and is “relieved” Trump is too.
Rep. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican who is running for Senate, said he and his family have been taking hydroxychloroquine. Marshall’s revelation comes after President Trump announced that he has also been taking the drug, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Some have said that it may have the potential to treat coronavirus, but the medical community has cautioned against its use by those with certain medical conditions.
Republican lawmaker says he took hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus
Mike Brest 5/19/2020
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, 72, was diagnosed with the virus in March and has since recovered. He explained some of his symptoms and revealed that he was prescribed hydroxychloroquine during an interview on The View Tuesday.
“I thought at first I just had some strain of the flu,” he said. “I didn’t really recognize it as something that I hadn’t had before. My wife, though, was very, very aware of it and said, ‘You know what, you’re sleeping with two blankets on, you’re still cold, you’re not eating, you have no sense of taste, and when you sleep, you’re sleeping like 16 to 18 hours a day, and you’re still tired.'” Kelly said that within a day of getting tested, “they told me, ‘Listen, you have the virus, so what we want you to do is stay home, and we’ll prescribe stuff.’ So, a Z-Pak, which most people use, and then the hydroxychloroquine, I took it. So maybe that reduced the effects on me, but I didn’t have the respiratory part, which is a real blessing.”
Sen Klobuchar Admits hydroxychloroquine Worked
Amy Johnston, Express Scripts May 22, 2020
The latest #Resistance marching order is to disparage the drug hydroxychloroquine simply because President Donald Trump has stated that it appears to be a promising treatment against the more severe impacts of COVID-19. In a recent radio interview, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reluctantly admitted her husband went from developing COVID-related pneumonia and coughing up blood to “one day, he just got better,” revealing he was treated with hydroxychloroquine.
JULY 24, 2020– If COVID Fatalities Were 90.2% Lower, How Would You Feel About Schools Reopening?
By H. Ealy, M. McEvoy, M. Sava, S. Gupta, D. Chong, D. White, J. Nowicki, P. Anderson
Key Findings for Data Through July 12th
- According to the CDC, 101 children age 0 to 14 have died from influenza, while 31 children have died from COVID-19.
- No evidence exists to support the theory that children pose a threat to educational professionals in a school or classroom setting, but there is a great deal of evidence to support the safety of in-person education.
- According to the CDC, 131,332 Americans have died from pneumonia and 121,374 from COVID-19 as of July 11th, 2020.
- Had the CDC used its industry standard, Medical Examiners’ and Coroners’ Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting Revision 2003, as it has for all other causes of death for the last 17 years, the COVID-19 fatality count would be approximately 90.2% lower than it currently is.
Louie Gohmert is COVID-19-free, and he credits hydroxychloroquine
by Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent | August 15, 2020
In late July, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for the virus in advance of his planned travel with President Trump to Texas for an energy event. He later announced that he would take hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus.
“I am taking ≠Hydroxychloroquine to treat my coronavirus diagnosis,” Gohmert wrote in a tweet. “It is what was decided as the best course of action between my doctor and me—not by government bureaucrats. How long until the tech tyrants censor this tweet?”
Rep. Louie Gohmert has recovered from the coronavirus and plans to donate plasma in the coming days, he told the Washington Examiner.
“I’m feeling really well, really great, actually,” the Texas Republican said. Gohmert tested positive for the coronavirus on July 29 after taking a test at the White House ahead of a planned trip with President Trump.
Tennessee doctor in U.S. Senate race slams Fauci, defends use of disproved COVID-19 cure
Natalie Allison Nashville Tennessean August 3, 2020
On Monday, Sethi declined to say whether the colleague he referenced was treated with HCQ in Nashville but said she had tested positive for coronavirus and the drug “saved her life.”
“It’s not a silver bullet, but this is a drug that was prescribed five million times last year and is on the WHO list of 40 most essential medicines,” Sethi said.
State Rep. Criswell wants Governor Reeves to allow Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 Patients
Criswell writes that for several months President Donald Trump has suggested the research shows Hydroxychloroquine combined with Azithromycin is an effective treatment for COVID-19. He asks the Governor to ensure there are no obstacles for doctors who choose HCQ as a treatment and wants the State Board of Health and the State Board of Pharmacy to ensure no prohibitions are in place for patients receiving these prescriptions.
“It is time the people of Mississippi take control of their health and well-being during this pandemic,” Criswell writes in an email. “Doctors have been prohibited from prescribing a well-documented and safe treatment to combat the COVID-19 virus and pharmacist have been instructed to deny any prescription of Hydroxychloroquine.”
New York Democratic politician thanks President Trump for advocating hydroxychloroquine that saved his life
Ann Wilson | TheBL 08/09/20,
Democratic New York City Councilman Paul Vallone said hydroxychloroquine saved his life from the deadly CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (coronavirus). Vallone, who represents northeast Queens, faced a near-fatal battle with the CCP Virus in March given that he already suffers from sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs.
“We were in panic mode when I went down because I didn’t have a lot of immune response,” he said. “I needed something to stay alive.”
He said he took hydroxychloroquine with a flu Z-pack and the drug “worked for him.”
Rep. Humphrey encourages Oklahoma doctors to treat COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine
by Destiny Washington Friday, August 14th, 2020
“I took Hydroxychloroquine along with a regiment of other medications,” Humphrey said. “Within two and a half hours I was unbelievably better. I am grateful for my doctor who I credit for saving my life.” He ended the letter by asking Oklahomans to demand the state allow the use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. “Let’s stop the fear, learn the facts, and restore Oklahoma,” he said.
Humphrey Comments on COVID-19 and Hydroxychloroquine
Hydroxychloroquine Could Save ‘Thousands of Lives,’ Says Texas Freedom Caucus in Letter to Pharmacy Board
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy restricted the use of hydroxychloroquine early in the pandemic, claiming it was to ensure enough was available to those who needed it.
The eleven Republican state representatives in the caucus asserted their belief in the use of hydroxychloroquine, saying that “thousands of lives could be saved” if it was used more broadly.
“The sooner we can eradicate the complications associated with this virus, the faster we can get back to normal life,” they asserted.
Invoking concerns over hospitals and prescribers hoarding hydroxychloroquine pills, the TSBP created a rule in March barring pharmacists from distributing the drug unless “the prescription or medication order bears a written diagnosis from the prescriber consistent with the evidence for its use.”
The TSBP later clarified the rule on May 15, saying that their intent was not to inhibit its use for COVID-19 patients, but to ensure that enough was available for those who truly needed it.
The safety of HCQ is irrefutable. https://americasfrontlinedoctorsummit.com/references/
The evidence supporting HCQ efficacy against Covid-19 is also overwhelming. All negative HCQ studies have used either: too much, used it alone (it needs Zinc), or used it late (it should be early.) The treatment dose is 200 mg HCQ twice a day for five days + Zinc 50 (elemental) daily. The prophylactic dose is 400 mg HCQ weekly + Zinc 50 (elemental) daily.
GOP Senators Demand FDA Explain Hydroxychloroquine Stance Amid Positive Studies and Physician Advocates by Tyler Durden Tue, 08/25/2020
The debate over hydroxychloroquine has faded from the forefront as big tech has worked to suppress information and silence the voices of doctors and researchers promoting it. However, it appears the controversy over the drug has encouraged some senators to take a closer look, and it seems they are asking the FDA the right questions.
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn explicitly asking about the agency’s handling of information regarding the drug and its use during the pandemic.
In the letter to Hahn, the senators are asking about specific actions the agency has taken regarding hydroxychloroquine. The current FDA guidance is that it should not be used outside the hospital setting for COVID-19, and the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) has been withdrawn. Given the safety profile of the medication and the fact it is used daily on an outpatient basis around the world for malaria prevention, malaria treatment, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, this guidance is ridiculous on its face.
The recommended duration of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 is between five and seven days at FDA approved dosages. In a sane world, a doctor may prescribe drugs off-label at approved dosages if they think a medication may be useful for a patient’s symptoms. However, 2020 is not sane, and now the FDA interference has led to medical boards, hospital systems, and politicians banning the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. These actions are unprecedented in the doctor-patient relationship.
Finally, these senators are standing up for that relationship and demanding clarity from the FDA.
From the letter:
However, we have heard from licensed physicians that have had a far different experience with the FDA’s approach. The physicians are concerned about the FDA’s decision to revoke the March 28th EUA for HCQ and CQ for treatment of COVID-19. They have described the clear differences between inpatient and outpatient treatments and how this decision has affected their ability to treat patients in different settings. The physicians have warned that the FDA’s EUA revocation of HCQ and CQ has led to misinformation and confusion across the country. Some states have restricted the ability of physicians to write and pharmacies to fill HCQ and CQ prescriptions under longstanding and well-established authority to prescribe FDA approved drugs off-label with a patient’s informed consent and according to their clinical judgement.
To better understand the FDA’s actions, the letter requests four specific pieces of information:
- Studies or data that definitively shows prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine within seven days of COVID-19 symptoms is ineffective or harmful.
- Produce studies or data on the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 in outpatient settings under a doctor’s care, including as a preventative. They specifically exclude late-stage studies involving hospitalized patients.
- Provide any public statements issued by the FDA to clarify the agency does not regulate the practice of medicine and explaining state governments may not regulate or prohibit the sale of the drugs.
- Information on potential treatments for COVID-19 that have been used internationally and whether the FDA has approved those for use in the United States. If not, the senators want to know what steps are being taken to ensure they are.