Respected medical organizations push new approach after lockdowns show ‘little evidence’ of saving lives

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A respected medical organization strongly warned governors on Monday against imposing new lockdowns amid a rising number of positive coronavirus cases, saying there is “little evidence” such shutdowns do much to save lives.

In addition, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons suggested in a statement that governors and policymakers adopt a different, more targeted approach that focuses principally on the most vulnerable populations.

“As COVID-19 ‘cases’ (positive tests) surge in border states, governors are being accused of ‘re-opening too soon.’ Gov. Ducey of Arizona, Gov. Abbott of Texas, and Gov. Newsom of California are imposing more restrictions on still-surviving small businesses, and many jurisdictions are mandating mask-wearing by the public,” the AAPS said.

“These measures will destroy livelihoods, but there is little evidence that they will save lives,” the group added.

Instead, the organization advises an “evidence-based approach” that includes protecting those “most at risk of exposure and infection despite protective gear.”

“These include medical and dental workers but also law enforcement, first responders, factory workers, truck drivers, clergy, and others who serve the public,” the AAPS said.

The group cited the HIV/AIDS epidemic, another potentially deadly virus that has been successfully treated for decades with a regimen of “post-exposure or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PEP or PrEP) with antiviral drugs.”

“Recently published, peer-reviewed evidence shows that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is being used safely and effectively to prevent COVID-19 in exposed workers,” the AAPS said, pointing to a study published July 9 in the Journal of Medical Virology.

In that study, researchers concluded: “We were able to show that patients taking HCQ have had reduced odds of SARS-CoV-2 infection. … Our data suggest that chronic treatment with HCQ confer protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

The AAPS also cited research from the Henry Ford Health System which found that taking HCQ cut in half COVID-19 death rates in patients hospitalized by the disease.

In all, AAPS said, “there are now 53 studies” — 33 of which have been peer-reviewed — involving the use of HCQ to treat coronavirus, and “almost all” of them have seen “favorable results.”

The group calls on governors and other policymakers to remove restrictions on the use of HCQ to treat coronavirus patients.

AAPS members aren’t the only ones criticizing lockdowns as ineffective and counterproductive, as Red State’s Michael Thau reported earlier this week.

In May, Thau notes, more than 600 doctors signed a letter to President Donald Trump in which they predicted that widespread lockdowns would become a “mass casualty incident.” Thau adds that “thousands” more doctors have signed on since.

As a reminder, it should be noted that President Trump announced in May that he was taking hydroxychloroquine prophylactically, an admission that sent shock waves throughout Congress and the Left-leaning media.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany subsequently explained that the president mentioned it during a discussion about the virus as a means of being “transparent” with the American people.

“The President just wanted to be transparent about his personal health decision that he made in consultation with his doctor,” she said. “And one of the things that I really want to get out there this morning that unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation about is — first let me emphasize strongly that any use of Hydroxychloroquine has to be in consultation with your doctor, you have to have a prescription. That’s the way it must be done.”

Earlier this week, Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, told Fox News that the recent surges of positive coronavirus cases are coming primarily from two sources: Mass demonstrations and a surge of cases in Mexico.

Calling demonstrations a perfect “setup” for spreading the virus, he added, “When you look in the southern counties of California, Arizona and the bordering counties of Texas — with the Mexico border — these are where most of these cases are really exploding.”

While many reports claim that rises in hospitalizations and ICU patients are largely due to coronavirus surging in certain states, former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson has been regularly producing data demonstrating otherwise.

On Tuesday, he blasted ProPublica for claiming in a “panic porn” article that all Houston hospitals were full due to coronavirus patients.

In a tweet, he produced a real-time graph indicating that the city had thousands of available hospital beds.

 

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