Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch said that hydroxychloroquine, the drug that was promoted by President Trump, could save thousands of lives if used properly.

Speaking to Fox News Monday night, Risch said hydroxychloroquine could save thousands of lives if used widely on victims of the CCP Virus. But he lamented that the drug is being used for a “propaganda war.”  

He even indicated that the drug could give excellent results if used as a prophylactic in health workers who are in direct contact with the virus. 

“I think we are basically fighting a propaganda war against the medical facts, and that colors not just population people, how they think about it, but doctors, as well.” Risch said. 

A new study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System in southeastern Michigan revealed good news regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients infected with the CCP Virus. The research indicated that treatment with hydroxychloroquine significantly reduces the death rate in sick patients hospitalized with the virus and without heart-related side effects. The study was published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases on Thursday, July 2. 

The research was based on a large-scale multihospital retrospective analysis of 2,541 patients. The results showed that the mortality of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine was 13.5% compared to 26.4% who received no treatment at all, meaning “a 66% risk ratio reduction.” 

Risch said most mainstream people don’t allow others to talk about hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness. Risch also said that discussions about the drug became “political” rather than “medical.”

“All the evidence is actually good for it when it is used in outpatient uses. Nevertheless, the only people who actually say that are a whole pile of doctors who are on the front lines treating those patients across the country and they are the ones who are at risk being forced not to do it,” Risch said, arguing that the mainstream media is not covering the benefits of hydroxychloroquine.

Hydroxychloroquine in politics

These new results on the drug bring good news for the campaign of President Trump, who has been heavily criticized for encouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of the CCP Virus.

Already in March of this year at the White House the president announced, “Now, a drug called chloroquine, and some people would add, hydroxychloroquine, therefore chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine … (has shown) very encouraging initial results, very encouraging.” 

The wave of criticism in the media and social networks was immediate, accusing President Trump of spreading “false hope,” among other statements. “Trump’s most dangerous flim-flam: False hope and quack advice reported Salon. “Coronavirus treatment: Dr. Donald Trump peddles snake oil and false hope,” said (USA Today). “Trump is spreading false hope for a virus cure — and that’s not the only damage,” reported (The Washington Post).

In the media frenzy over this issue, recent campaign statements for President Trump point out, “The new study from the Henry Ford Health System should be a clear message to the media and the Democrats: stop the bizarre attempts to discredit hydroxychloroquine to satisfy your own anti-Trump agenda. It may be costing lives.”

While there are still disagreements over the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating the virus, these new findings open up the game and could put this drug at the center of new research.