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Treating COVID-19 with Trump-hyped drug creates ‘significantly higher risk of death’: study

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President Donald Trump for months has been touting the benefits of taking hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.

However, a massive new study published in the medical journal Lancet has found that treating COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine results in a “significantly higher risk of death.”

As the Washington Post reports, the study is based on examining health outcomes from 96,000 COVID-infected patients across the world.

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And the study’s findings didn’t show just minor differences between patients who took hydroxychloroquine and those who didn’t.

“For those given hydroxychloroquine, there was a 34 percent increase in risk of mortality and a 137 percent increased risk of a serious heart arrhythmias,” the Post writes. “For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic — the cocktail endorsed by Trump — there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias.”

Although it is not a controlled study, its sample size is so large that many scientists say it should nonetheless be taken seriously.

“It’s one thing not to have benefit, but this shows distinct harm,” Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, tells the Post. “If there was ever was hope for this drug, this is the death of it.”

And David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, tells the Post that the study provides “absolutely no reason for optimism that these drugs might be useful in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”

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Read the entire study at this link.


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Minneapolis store faces boycott over Hitler-praising social media posts written by owner’s daughter

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57 Buffalo cops resign to support suspended officers who pushed down elderly man

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The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team -- a total of 57 officers -- has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.

They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.

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GOP official defends post blaming George Soros for ‘staged’ killing of George Floyd: I wanted to ‘get people to think for themselves’

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The chairman of the Harrison County Republican Party in Texas is under fire after he shared a conspiracy theory on his party's Facebook page claiming that the death of George Floyd "staged" by George Soros, CBS19 reports.

The post shared by Lee Lester was also previously shared by Bexar County GOP Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm -- which prompted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call for her resignation.

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