Dr. Stella Immanuel’s False Claims on Hydroxychloroquine
President Trump’s new favorite COVID-19 doctor, Dr. Stella Immanuel from Texas, along with other frontline doctors, claimed in a video on Tuesday, that the drug Hydroxychloroquine(HCQ) is an effective treatment against COVID-19.
Her video went viral on Tuesday, and was especially popular on the right-wing internet, being retweeted by Donald Trump himself.
“Nobody needs to get sick. The virus has a cure,” said Dr. Immanuel, alleging that she has treated hundreds of patients successfully with HCQ.
The effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine treatments for COVID-19 patients has been a huge controversy among doctors and other medical experts.
However, scientific studies have shown that HCQ does more harm than good with regard to the COVID-19 treatment process.
The FDA and NIH have also prohibited the use of the drug, except for use in formal studies.
Despite the White House administration withdrawing the order to use Hydroxychloroquine in emergency situations to treat COVID-19, Trump continues to defend the drug and said, “I happen to think it works.” He added that “they’re very respected doctors” and they believed in the drug.
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter were prompted to take down the video from circulation, as part of an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus.
Reporter: Pranav Govil