The Tragic Hydroxychloroquine Debate and Dr. Fauci’s Denial of Evidence, by Mikko Paunio

Dr. Anthony Fauci is probably the most overrated person on the entire planet. From Mikko Paunio at realclearpolicy.com:

As an epidemiologist trained to make causal inference, especially from observations, I feel strongly that there is an urgent need for an open and honest debate on the ability of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to save lives. I had not paid much attention to discussions related to the efficacy of pharmacological interventions in the treatment of Covid-19 patients until I read an op-ed by Yale University epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey A. Risch in Newsweek in early August, as well as Dr. Risch’s other writings on the matter. Until then, I had focused largely on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) incorrect scientific advice, on which the current mainstream media the Covid-19 pandemic narrative is based. This narrative unjustifiably characterizes the Covid-19 pandemic as akin to the horrendous 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Despite my skepticism about the dire claims as to the severity of this pandemic and my increasing doubts about whether Covid-19 is a genuine pandemic and about the presumption that the human population lacks any immunity against SARS-CoV-2, I would certainly welcome all available improvements in our ability to successfully treat Covid-19 patients.

It was therefore enormously dismaying to read the official positions taken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) condemning early outpatient therapy with HCQ as ineffective and dangerous. Their conclusion is based on highly questionable reasoning. There are well-established criteria for when an observed association can be ascribed to causation, which Dr. Risch meticulously took into consideration. These criteria were originally developed by the pioneering British epidemiologist Sir Austin   Hill. Thus Dr. Risch’s scientific inference of the treatment efficacy of administering HCQ, azithromycin or doxycycline, and zinc (“triple therapy”), as early as possible in outpatient settings to people at greatest risk, in order to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 infection from turning into a dangerous life-threatening “florid disease” is sound.

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