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Facts on COVID-19

I have never written to the Sun-Gazette before, but I’ve been inspired to do so because of all the conflicting information that the people of this nation have been told, especially by many in the medical field. A writer stated in a recent letter that the pandemic is worse than it should have been because President Trump did not act soon enough. So, let’s look at some facts:

On Jan. 31, President Trump implemented the China travel ban. He was labeled a racist and a xenophobe for doing so.

On Feb. 24, Nancy Pelosi encouraged San Francisco residents to come to Chinatown since “it was very safe”.

The health experts did not recommend to the President to act sooner.

In February and early into March, Dr. Fauci downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus.

On Feb. 18, Dr. Fauci told USA Today: “The risk is low for the American public.”

On Feb. 29, Dr. Fauci told ABC News: “There is no need to change anything you’re doing on a day-to-day basis. Right now, the risk is still low.”

On March 9, at a press briefing at the White House, Dr. Fauci said: “If you are a healthy young person, if you want to go on a cruise ship, go on a cruise ship. Personally, I would not go on a cruise ship because I don’t like cruises.”

On April 14, Dr. Fauci confirmed that President Trump had taken action on every recommendation made by his medical professionals.

The first time Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci recommended to the President to actually have a shutdown, Dr. Fauci said: “Obviously, there would be a concern by some that, in fact, that might have some negative consequences. Nonetheless, the President listened to the recommendation and went to the mitigation.”

So, there it is. The facts show that President Trump acted most probably sooner than anyone else would have. Here is a statement made by Dr. Birx speaking about the President: “He’s been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data, I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.”

Right now, we do not have a vaccine for COVID-19; however, we do have some treatments. It is very sad that even treatments for this virus have been politicized. Because President Trump heard that hydroxychloroquine might show signs of encouragement for treatment of the virus, the media discouraged anyone from taking it and even went so far as to say it was so dangerous that it could even kill you.

Here are a few comments that were revealed by Wayne Allyn Root, a nationally syndicated talk show host:

In March, he interviewed New York Dr. Vladimir Zelenko who treated 670 coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine, Z-Pak, and zinc. Only one patient was hospitalized. Root also interviewed Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care who stated, “Every patient I’ve prescribed hydroxychloroquine to has been very ill and within eight to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free.”

A few weeks ago, well-respected medical journal “The Lancet” published a paper about a trial that showed no treatment benefits from the use of hydroxychloroquine. A short time later, the paper was pulled stating that the study was bogus.

I saw a segment on a television talk show about former Sen. Harry Reed who seems to have been cured of pancreatic cancer under the care of a brilliant infectious disease physician named Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong who is affiliated with the LA Times. This doctor also states that two drugs, hydroxychloroquine and remdesavir, are a valid treatment for COVID-19 when given in the earlier stages of infection before the patient goes to the ICU or is placed on a ventilator.

It makes me wonder if anyone died after refusing to take this treatment because of what they heard from the media. I hope this letter helps people to understand more about this coronavirus pandemic. We need not panic. Treatments are available, a vaccine is coming soon, and there is no doubt that we will beat this thing.

RONALD PAULHAMUS

Montoursville

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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