And Congressman Andy Biggs, a die-hard Trump supporter and native coronavirus skeptic who represents Arizona’s fifth Congressional District, supplied some medical recommendation for the Trumps: They need to take hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about in June, saying it causes potential issues to the hearts and different organs of COVID-19 sufferers.
“I ship my greatest needs and prayers to President @realDonaldTrump & @FLOTUS for fast recoveries from COVID-19,” Biggs wrote in a tweet posted on October 2. “I encourage them to take hydroxychloroquine to help with their recoveries, & I’m assured that they are going to be resuming their regular routines within the very close to future.”
I encourage them to take hydroxychloroquine to help with their recoveries, & I’m assured that they are going to be resuming their regular routines within the very close to future. pic.twitter.com/LFxIWwvjo5
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 2, 2020
Over the spring and summer season, Trump touted hydroxychloroquine as an efficient remedy for COVID-19 and even stated that he was taking the drug.
However in mid-June, the FDA revoked its emergency use authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 sufferers attributable to a scientific trial involving the drug that discovered that it “confirmed no profit for lowering the probability of dying or dashing restoration,” and that the findings have been in line with different knowledge exhibiting that the remedy is “unlikely to kill or inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19.” The FDA additionally cautioned in opposition to utilizing the drug for COVID-19 sufferers because of the danger of “severe coronary heart rhythm issues and different issues of safety, together with blood and lymph system problems, kidney accidents, and liver issues and failure.”
Daniel Stefanski, communications director for Congressman Biggs, didn’t reply to New Instances’ request for touch upon Biggs’ tweet.
Will Humble, government director of the Arizona Public Well being Affiliation and former director of the state Division of Well being Providers, criticized Biggs’ suggestion on Twitter, calling it “inconsistent with the usual of care” for COVID-19.
This recommendation is inconsistent with the usual of look after COVID19. In reality, the @US_FDA has withdrawn Emergency Use Authorization of hydroxychloroquine for the remedy of COVID19.
— Will Humble (@willhumble_az) October 2, 2020
Biggs has a historical past of issuing controversial opinions on the coronavirus and the pandemic. Again in July, when Arizona’s COVID-19 case numbers have been surging, he known as for the federal coronavirus process pressure to be disbanded, alleging that high-profile public well being officers like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White Home’s COVID-19 response coordinator, have been undermining Trump’s push to restart the economic system amidst the pandemic. His Twitter feed is awash with criticism of COVID-19 lockdowns, mask mandates (regardless of their proven effectiveness at slowing the unfold of the coronavirus), and skepticism of each reported COVID-19 cases and the severity of the virus.
Up to now, over 200,000 individuals nationwide have died from COVID-19. In Arizona, the virus has killed more than 5,600 people.