If my doctor was following the “trump protocol” for Covid-19, I would change doctors immediately
Please note, I did not say I would follow the Fauci protocol, or the CDC protocol or even the WHO protocol, just the trump protocol. The woman, a part of the ReOpen and apparently anti-Obamacare movement in Texas, as well as apparently a licensed doctor is the prime example of why. Apparently some doctors actually seem to trust trump as a health advisor, whereas, I would definitely run the other way from just about anything he suggested in any arena, much less that of my health.
Remember who we are talking about here. trump, the man who said that hydroxychloroquine was the answer to the Covid-19 virus. He was the same man who suggested, on national TV with a live home audience listening that introducing the cleaning power of bleach to the interior of the body might actually be something to consider. Now that asinine suggestion might have had a place behind closed doors where only his medical team would hear it, but not in front of the general audience. There is always going to be some frightened or stupid individual that is going to at least consider drinking bleach. Most people know better but some will fall for anything. That’s why that very day, or the day after, there were warnings issued by bleach manufactorers saying “don’t drink the bleach, that is only for external use” all over the country.
Now, apparently the hydroxychloroquine has actually helped a few people but that doesn’t mean it is the cure, nor that it helps everybody. The drug works on Malaria and other illnesses, but part of that sounds like symptom control although i could be wrong. But let’s listen to exactly what this doctor uses as her basis for using it. I find her manner repugnant, personally, and would never present myself as a patient in her clinic. However, as regugnant as I find her, listening will tell us what her reasoning is like.
First of all, trump talked to foreign countries. Well, he actually talks DOWN to foreign countries but we will let that stand. He heard of a doctor (as in one) that had twenty-nine cases that he gave this so-called miracle drug to. He asserts that they got better. We have no more informaiton. We don’t know if they stayed better or later got worse and died. We also don’t know what else he may have given them.
So, this woman gave two (count them not 200, not 20, not even 10, just 2) of her patients this medicine and wears it made them better. But notice she also added two shots to that regime. She doesn’t bother to tell us what that was. However, listening to what she says they were presenting with (fever with night sweats), the hydro might simply have taken care of the symptoms without actually touching the virus itself. By the way, she touts the story about only 111 deaths, but as of today that is actually over 1200 in Texas. Their deaths are obviously going up, likely to the ReOpen groups refusing to stay home, and the influence of people like this woman.
Then there is her claim about people being sent home for 14 days to quarantine and not helped in the emergency room. Triage ALWAYS determines what to do on the basis of what symptoms and how extreme they are. If a patient only had a fairly low fever and a cought, they would likely be sent home. They are not, comparatively, sick enough, to be in the hospital when the beds are needed for people with extremely high fever and unable to breath at all and perhaps needing a ventilator. I tend to discount that assertion of hers as politically inspired rather than a true presentation of the facts as they exist on the ground.
I have learned that not all doctors are created equal. It reminds me of a job, what do you calll the doctor that graduated last in their class. The answer, of course, is doctor, just like the other how many ever. It is ALWAYS the responsibility of the patient to evualate the care they are given and the quality of the doctor, and for me any doctor that would admit that they got their ideas on how to treat a real pandemic from trump, of all people, would be immediately suspect and i would be looking for a second opinion on anything they told, but even better I would change doctors to someone who actulally listened to the real experts in the field instead. The difference might be based on how well they had treated me in other times…but no, probably just change doctors.