There is a risk associated with everything that we do in life; more South Dakotans have died from accidental injuries than from COVID-19 in the past 5 months. We mitigate risks by taking proper precautions when we get in our cars, when we operate farm equipment, and when we make choices about what we eat and how much we exercise. The same should be true about life as we get back to normal.
So let’s remember to “put our positive pants on.” We need to emphasize facts, not fear. Let’s tell the story of what works in the fight against this virus, and let’s continue to get through this together [Gov. Kristi Noem, press release, 2020.08.07].
Elect a beauty queen, expect beauty queen responses….
Oh, and Governor Noem continues to stroke Donald Trump’s fur by talking up hydroxychloroquine:
Data shows that the antiviral drug Remdesivir substantially reduces the mortality rate and cuts recovery time significantly. Similarly, a study out of Michigan’s Henry Ford Health System indicates that hydroxychloroquine may cut mortality rate for COVID-19 in half [Noem, 2020.08.07].
No, not similarly. The science on remdesivir looks reliable; Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the Henry Ford study on hydroxychloroquine is flawed:
“The Henry Ford Hospital study that was published was a non-controlled retrospective cohort study that was confounded by a number of issues, including the fact that many people who were receiving hydroxychloroquine were also using corticosteroids, which we know from another study gives a clear benefit in reducing deaths with advanced disease,” said Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert advising the White House on the coronavirus response.
“So that study is a flawed study,” Fauci said after Missouri Republican U.S. Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer asked him about the trial [Beth LeBlanc, “Fauci: Henry Ford Health’s Hydroxychloroquine Study ‘Flawed’,” Detroit News, 2020.07.31].
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that all the “valid” scientific data shows malaria drug hydroxychloroquine isn’t effective in treating the coronavirus, contradicting President Donald Trump’s opinion of the drug.
“You look at the scientific data and the evidence. And the scientific data … on trials that are valid, that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or Covid-19,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during an interview on MSNBC.
…Fauci said Wednesday that the public has “got to follow the science,” adding, “if a study that’s good comes out and shows efficacy and safety for hydroxychloroquine or any other drug that we do … you accept the scientific data.”
“Right now, today, the cumulative scientific data that has been put together and done over a number of different studies have shown no efficacy,” he said [Berkeley Lovelace, Jr., “Dr. Fauci Says All the ‘Valid” Scientific Data Shows Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t Effective in Treating Coronavirus,” CNBC, updated 2020.07.31].
Hydroxychloroquine is good for malaria, lupus, and arthritis (see, Kristi? I can be positive!), but, as Dr. Fauci says, if you’re reading all the science, you’ll see that, against covid-19, hydroxychloroquine is “not only ineffective, but also potentially risky.”
Related Reading: In her whole cheer story of “what works in the fight against this virus,” Governor Noem does not mention the word mask.