Does Hydroxychloroquine cure COVID-19? Dr Stella Immanuel says it does.
A cameroonian-born and US based trained physician, Dr Stella Immanuel, is trending on social media after delivering an impassioned speech in the U.S at a news conference in Washington. Immanuel claimed that antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and antibacterial drug, Zithromax, were effective cures for the corona virus.
She said she had successfully treated no fewer than 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax. While standing with several others whom she claimed were doctors, Dr Immanuel said no one needs to die because there is a cure.
“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people.”
“I think my oldest patient is 92 … 87-year-olds. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well,” she said.
“We don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID.”
What Do We Know? What Are Experts Saying?
Earlier in July, WHO accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.
The interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube scrub platforms of viral video making false coronavirus claims. The video that quickly went viral on Facebook, becoming one of the top performing posts on the platform with more than 14 million views, was taken down Monday night for promoting misinformation.
It was shared nearly 600,000 times, according to Crowdtangle, a data-analytics firm owned by Facebook. “We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN, adding that the platform is “showing messages in News Feed to people who have reacted to, commented on or shared harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that we have removed, connecting them to myths debunked by the WHO.”
Who do we believe? Stella Immanuel or the WHO?