Tuesday, June 16, 2020


In the last 135 days, Watts Up With That  has run 235 posts on do-it-yourself coronavirus cures using chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and other quinine derivatives. Many  of these were cited or linked by Climate DepotBreitbart & Fox News
One WUWT  article provided  a Schweppes Tonic Water link, another advocated taking cardiotoxic chloroquine in doses large enough (4.5 grams !) to risk death as a side effect.

This was not lost on President Trump. After he started taking hydroxychloroquine, many of his fans followed suit, and one died after swallowing non-prescription  chloroquine in the form of a fish tank cleaner- it kills algae as well as malaria parasites.

Ignoring FDA and WHO studies that have found  chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine ineffectual many of this astonishing amateur pharmacopeia's authors continue to  damn Big Pharma for denigrating cheap drugs in order to market expensive ones. 

Yet until today, none of the 235 WUWT posts, or President Trumps uncountable tweets, mentioned the cheap  cough syrup ingredient that has just won the Covid survival sweepstakes, the common steroid dexamethasone. 
Nature and The New York Times  report:
The steroid dexamethasone was given to
 thousands of people critically ill with the
 coronavirus in a randomized, controlled trial. 

Dexamethasone shown to save lives

A cheap and widely available steroid called dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to reduce deaths among people seriously ill with COVID-19. Researchers
working with the Randomized Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial, which is assessing the capacity of six medications to treat the disease, announced the findings in a press release. The results have not yet been peer reviewed.
The study enrolled 2,100 participants who received dexamethasone and tracked how they fared in comparison with about 4,300 people who received standard care. For people on ventilators, it reduced deaths by about one-third. For patients needing oxygen, it cut the risk of death by one-fifth. The drug seems to reduce the damage from a hyperactive immune reaction called cytokine storm.
Nature | 5 min read 

Coronavirus Live Updates: Drug Proven to Reduce Virus Deaths, Scientists Say

An inexpensive drug reduces virus deaths, scientists say.

Scientists at the University of Oxford said on Tuesday that they have identified what they called the first drug proven to reduce coronavirus-related deaths, after a 6,000-patient trial of the drug in Britain showed that a low-cost steroid could reduce deaths significantly for hospitalized patients.
The steroid, dexamethasone, reduced deaths by a third in patients receiving ventilation, and by a fifth in patients receiving only oxygen treatment, the scientists said. They found no benefit from the drug in patients who did not need respiratory support.
Matt Hancock, Britain’s health secretary, said National Health Service doctors would begin treating patients with the drug on Tuesday afternoon.
The government started stockpiling dexamethasone several months ago because it was hopeful about the potential of the drug, Mr. Hancock said, and now has 200,000 doses on hand.
“Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in Covid-19,” said Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases at the University of Oxford, and one of the chief investigators for the trial, said in a statement. “The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment.”
Professor Horby said that dexamethasone should now become the “standard of care in these patients,” noting that it is inexpensive, widely available and can be used immediately.