On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Dr. Irwin Redlener warned that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on coronavirus and contradiction of medical experts is almost cultlike.
“Dr. Redlener, he disagrees openly with Dr. Fauci,” said Reid. “He says we need more testing and the president says, I don’t agree. He’s pushing the hydroxychloroquine, which the FDA has cautioned against using outside the hospital setting due to the risk of heart rhythm problems. At this point for his supporters, they do know who to listen to between Fauci and Trump, they listen to him.”
“Yeah, it’s pretty amazing,” said Redlener. “But I do think you — you used the term ‘cultish’ following. It is — it is truly like a cult. And it reminds me of Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid and all that horrible stuff that we saw 30 years ago with people just following quote, the leader, no matter what the leader says and no matter what the leader intends to do or where to take them.”
“I think that the people that are in his cult that are immovable from following him are going to be in significant harm if they follow this advice, not to mention the hydroxychloroquine, which has caused some deaths in people it’s thought,” added Redlener. “So we have a lot to work on here.”
COVID-19 cases skyrocket among younger Americans as states reopen
The coronavirus is tearing into a new demographic as states relax social distancing guidelines.
Younger Americans have gone back to work in the service industry and congregating in public, and their activity seems to be bearing out ominous predictions from public health experts, reported The Daily Beast.
“Watch what’s happening before and after the peak,” said epidemiologist Dr. Judith Malmgren, of the University of Washington’s school of public health. “The disease didn’t change, but the people who were infected changed.”
Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples are anything but new. Diseases like measles, smallpox and the Spanish flu have decimated Native American communities ever since the arrival of the first European colonizers.
Now COVID-19 is having similarly devastating impacts in Indian country. Some reservations are reporting infection rates many times higher than those observed in the general U.S. population.
Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects
Antibodies are part of us – literally.
We have billions of them in our bodies with a combined weight of about 100 grams, or about the weight of a bar of soap. If there are so many antibodies inside our bodies then they must be safe and very important, right?
Indeed, antibodies are perhaps the safest type of therapy and have many important functions. One of them is to protect and cure infections caused by viruses. The human immune system can produce antibodies specific for each type virus that bind strongly to the virus and block it from infecting our cells – so-called neutralizing antibodies.