The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It | Dr. Harvey Risch

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As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals. I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the mainstream of medicine, so have been flummoxed to find that, in the midst of a crisis, I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines. As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily. Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly.

I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine. When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.

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  1. The key to defeating Covid-19 is to stop spraying their lethal bacteria from their labs and arrest the criminals behind it.

  2. I am glad to hear there is such an effective and safe solution. I recommend the doctor to set up a corporation, make arrangements with hospitals offering this protocol of his, and being financially liable. Just as it’s being demanded about Zantac. Why should it be any different? Is someone’s blood redder?
    In the meantime, it is my suspicion that there is NO effective solution, let alone a solution which is effective and safe, and that we should be avoiding this disease.

    Please, doctors, scientists, lawyers, etc. unify and scream to the governments to
    release the use of this life-saving treatment instead of withholding it and lying to the
    public. The professionals must make lawsuits, publicize it, and overcome the selfish,
    economic, and political agendas of the Bill Gates vaccine guru and all of his cohorts.

  4. Let’s do the cost analysis and the return on investment. This drug combination doesn’t have a 4 or 5 figure price tag and part of the combination is generic. Therefore, there is no money to be made. Ergo, it needs to be denigrated as a treatment. Death be not proud.

  5. To anonymous (the first one. Comment # 2)

    Nobody can commandeer this protocol.
    It’s pretty much ‘public domain’.

    In any case, all the studies and trials that followed the protocol had tremendous success.
    That should be enough to allay your “suspicion”.
    (Albeit i agree it’s best not to catch the disease in the first place.)

    MY suspicion is that when (not if) this protocol reaches a point that it becomes common knowledge and common treatment, many medical and political heads will roll…

    I read countless of reports.
    Not a single one that followed the (so-called) “Zelenko protocol” has failed.
    Not a single one.
    Go ahead. Try to find any compliant trial that failed.

    • To Jacob Friedman, I am Anonymous Comment #2.

      It seems to me you are oversimplifying the picture a lot. There are important points that a doctor needs to carefully assess.

      1. Who should take it? Dr Zelenko (if I understand well) suggests it’s given to all positive people with mild symptoms. But the protocol, even if it works 100%, may not be harmless, especially in the long term, and may also not be repeatable multiple times (that’s the case for HCQ for malaria). We don’t take unnecessary medications.

      2. Among those who do need it, who should avoid it? Are you stating no single patient will have ill effects in the short term? Even antibiotics can have deadly side effects and/or interactions with other medications or conditions. HCQ, if you ever read the information sheet, has a long list of warnings.

      3. This disease is very complicated and appears to have long-term effects for a significant number of patients: after we hopefully succeed in controlling the acute respiratory symptoms, how to continue treatment?

      I would consider sensible going to a doctor who takes all the above into account and who has the expertise and takes the time to properly take care of my health. Of course, if the alternative is no medical assistance, deploying “barefoot doctors”, sometimes illitterate!! with a small array of cheap drugs, greatly reduced death rates in Cuba, Angola etc, I am not disputing that. But, given the option, I rather go to a world-class doctor and hospital. And if the doctor makes a mistake with consequences on my QOL and capability to provide for my family, the lawyers will do their job, and at least I’ll make sure my heirs will be financially safe. I find it disturbing that people in the USA should even consider anything less.

      Then again, the Chinese, whose health system has experience with “barefoot doctors”, cheap drugs, and tropical diseases, and who are ideologically inclined towards a “miracle cheap drug for everyone, and go back to work in full health” not to mention “corrupt and vile Western medicine profits and power elites” they have offered HCQ only to a selected subset of seriously ill patients. And they have kept studying other treatment options. And they keep sending information material to their expats remarking how serious this disease is, and lacking a reliable cure. Of course they may well be ignorant and stupid, time will tell.

      Finally, you did not elaborate whether you think there should be a difference between HCQ and Zantac, and why.

  6. Problem is that not all doctors prescribe the protocol, and it WAS TAKEN OFF THE SHELVES of pharmacies, so no one could access it. No formal research was done, so the success of all those lucky survivors are considered “anecdotal” rather than medically proven. Time to find an authorized lab, get people to fund the research, and prove it. The research won’t be expensive because the drugs are cheap, safe, the dosage is known, so it’ll be mostly paperwork. It also won’t need to last that long, because all that needs to be seen is that it works. The safety has already be established.

  7. Thank you Dr. Risch for writing this article.
    Thank you Newsweek and Matzav for publishing it.


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