Julia Carrie Wong in The Guardian traces the movement of the promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a cure/treatment covid-19, and by whom, and for what: to attempt to hold on to legitimacy.
Aaron Shakow, a research associate at Harvard Medical School and historian of medicine, the chief physician of the emperor Nero circulated a recipe for an old miracle cure.
â€œIt was an attempt by Nero to sustain his legitimacy in the midst of this catastrophic event,â€ Shakow said. â€œEpidemics are dangerous to rulers.â€
Trump’s admin – along with Fox – is setting guesses against expertise; they want a miracle cure that will demonstrate that their power is legitimate. Trump: â€œBut we donâ€™t have time to go and say, â€˜Gee, letâ€™s take a couple of years and test it out, and letâ€™s go and test with the test tubes and the laboratories.â€™â€ More to the measure: the admin doesn’t have the knowledge or skill to manage a cure.
Instead, Trump helps create a meme to fight a pandemic virus. Fox helps, anti-vaxxers and the right jumps in, and
An 85-year-old medication was well on its way to becoming a Covid-19 meme.
A meme is not a cure.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the countryâ€™s top infectious disease doctor, has repeatedly warned that there is no conclusive evidence to support using the drug. Asked whether it should be considered a treatment for Covid-19, he said on 24 March: â€œThe answer is no.â€