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Ugh.

So hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work. Not only does it not work, you’re actually more likely to die if you take it as a treatment for Coronavirus.

A prolonged QT interval leading to cardiac arrest is one of the known side effects. But sure, let’s sell it as the cure so Trump can reopen the economy. He’s desperate so he has to promote and hope that his long shot intuition on the efficacy of the drug was correct. Golly, if it were that easy, I have a bajillion designs for kinase inhibitors that will cure any cancer you have. I could be rich. All I need is a national megaphone and a dream.

Let’s stick to more realistic treatment. If you have high blood pressure and you are taking a ACE inhibitor (drug name ends in ipril) or an Angiotensin II inhibitor (drug name ends in artan), there are some new studies that suggest they might be protective. The mechanism for how this works makes sense based on years of accumulated knowledge on how the renin-angiotensin system works and how the virus latches on to a cell. Now, it just needs to be proven with more studies. That’s the way this stuff works. It’s “trial and error”, not “trial and succeed!”. There is no quick and dirty answer here.

That’s why the federal government needs to do nationwide testing. Enhanced social distancing through extensive testing is all we’ve got right now.

Trump and his base need to deal with that ASAP.

Just think about how many desperate patients and their families fell for Trump’s hawking of this drug. It’s criminal.

Focus!, Donald.

This is how Trump has decided to tackle the virus:

Does even one immigrant prevent him from nationwide testing?

Are the immigrants stealing truckloads of PPE from hard hit states that paid for it out of their own funds? And where did that pirated PPE go, by the way? To Georgia, Texas and South Dakota? Why do doctors need to practically smuggle PPE into the country to get it to the first line healthcare workers?

The bad is only just beginning. We have hit the iceberg. One man really can do enormous damage. But stopping immigration does what exactly to stop the virus?

Someone needs to explain this to me in a way that doesn’t make the explainer sound like a “eyes glazed over” word-salad spewing cult follower. I want to see the math on this.

Reporters need to ask “When will the federal government use our tax dollars to begin nationwide testing?” That’s the ONLY question that is important and must be answered at the stupid 5:00 pm hate masquerading as a press briefing.

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Saw there’s a new meme on the right where we’re all supposed to call him President Trump.

Sure, I’ll call him President when he starts calling the person who was elected in Michigan to run things by her name.

It’s GOVERNOR Gretchen Whitmer.

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Women around the world have been exceeding expectations in leading their countries through this crises. Probably because no one is going to flatter them when they do a shitty job as we have apparently chosen to do.