[W]hen compared with mortality in the control group [i.e., people hospitalized with Covid-19 who did not receive HCQ] (9·3%), hydroxychloroquine (18·0%; hazard ratio 1·335, 95% CI 1·223–1·457), hydroxychloroquine with a macrolide (23·8%; 1·447, 1·368–1·531), chloroquine (16·4%; 1·365, 1·218–1·531), and chloroquine with a macrolide (22·2%; 1·368, 1·273–1·469) were each independently associated with an increased risk of in-hospital mortality.They controlled for age, sex, race or ethnicity, body-mass index, underlying cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, diabetes, underlying lung disease, smoking, immunosuppressed condition, and baseline disease severity, meaning they largely eliminated the problem of confounding by indication. And mortality for patients given the drug nearly doubled. It literally killed 9% of the people who took it. And there are plenty of other studies that show no benefit and definite harm.
So why did the federal government buy up mass quantities of this drug, give it to veterans, and push it on public health authorities? And why were so many patients in the Lancet sample given the drug in the first place, in spite of lack of any evidence for its effectiveness? We all know the answer: it's because a fat orange man with an absurd bouffant hairdo claimed repeatedly that it was a miracle drug and even claimed to be taking it himself. The evidence for this, he claimed, was unspecified people who had called him on the phone.
So two questions. Why on earth does anyone listen to this fool? And who is responsible for all those people who were fatally poisoned by this snake oil?
Also, too, said orange fat man is a dex addict and a pervert. (Okay, allegedly.)