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April 15, 2020

DDT Wants Hydroxychloroquine, Needs Drug for Anti-Narcissm

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Satirist Andy Borowitz has written several pieces about Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) within the past few months; this humor deals with DDT’s need for an anti-narcissism drug:

Stating that “time is of the essence,” Dr. Anthony Fauci is imploring the nation’s pharmaceutical companies to fast-track the development of a drug to treat narcissism.

Acknowledging that narcissistic-personality disorder has historically been resistant to medication, the esteemed virologist said that a breakthrough drug was “urgently needed.”

“I have seen the toll that narcissism takes, day in, day out,” Fauci said. “The human cost is incalculable.”

Without offering scientific evidence or data, Fauci argued, “Successfully treating one narcissist could substantially reduce the misery and suffering of millions.”

The epidemiologist said that, as soon as a promising anti-narcissism drug is developed, he would “personally mastermind” its clinical trials.

For the purpose of those trials, Fauci said, it would be optimal to manufacture the drug as a pill or anything else “that could be easily crushed and dissolved in a Diet Coke.”

Asked about the use of hydroxychloroquine on CBS’ Face the Nation, Fauci responded, “In terms of science, I don’t think we could definitively say it works.”

A major problem for people who want to keep living is DDT’s incessant promotion of a dangerous drug as a magical cure for COVID-19.

“What do you have to lose?” DDT frequently says about his pushing the drug. For DDT, the answer is donations. He’s received millions of dollars in political support from the founder of a pharmaceutical industry-funded group pushing him to promote hydroxychloroquine. The latest COVID-19 hot spot, South Dakota, which refuses to shut down the state, is using federal money from the $2.2 trillion bill for the drug. Billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, also founder of the Job Creators Network and promoted by DDT at one of his press briefings (campaign rallies), gave more than $7 million through outside groups for DDT’s 2016 election. Marcus’ Network has been funded by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), that includes Novartis, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer—manufacturers of DDT’s favorite drug. Network’s hydroxychloroquine campaign also partners with Physicians for Reform which works with the Koch brothers’ FreedomWorks to deregulate healthcare policies.

The Network partners with nonprofit Physicians for Reform, which works with FreedomWorks to promote deregulatory health care policies. FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group that was founded by the Koch brothers, also receives money from PhRMA. According to tax documents PhRMA gave $100,000 to FreedomWorks in 2018.

The FAA prohibited pilots from flying if they have used chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine within 48 hours for COVID-19 prevention before reporting for flight. Pilots with arthritis have limited exceptions to take small doses of the drug if they meet other criteria and taken an eye examination. The FAA guidance states that there is “no satisfactory scientific evidence that use of these medications decreases the severity of the virus” and noted “there is no standardized protocol,” such as how much and how frequently to take the drug. Three U.S.-based cardiovascular groups warned doctors to consider “potential serious implications for people with existing cardiovascular disease” if prescribing the treatment. Dr. Penny Giovanetti, the director of the Medical Specialties Division within the Office of Aerospace Medicine, signed the order. Giovanetti has special diplomas from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Some CIA leaders agree with the FAA and Fauci. On March 27, a CIA website for employees warned that hydroxychloroquine could have dangerous side effects such as “sudden cardiac death.” The CIA added, in boldface, “Please do not obtain this medication on your own.” The post was put on the website after an employee asked about taking the drug without a prescription.

In addition to small failed studies in France, Sweden, and Brazil, a study of 150 patients in China shows that DDT’s drug of choice doesn’t help patients more than standard care but has problem with side effects. Researchers think that anti-inflammatory effects helped alleviate patients’ syndromes. A later French study that compared over 180 patients in 12 hospitals and public research institutes found almost identical outcomes between those with hydroxychloroquine. Researchers reported:

“These results do not support the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalized for documented Sars-CoV-2-positive hypoxic pneumonia….

“In conclusion, we found that hydroxychloroquine did not significantly reduce admission to ICU or death at Day Seven after hospital admission, or acute respiratory distress syndrome in hospitalized patients with hypoxemic pneumonia due to COVID-19. These results are of major importance and do not support the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalized for a documented Sars-CoV-2 pneumonia.”

Dr. Robin Armstrong, medical director of the Texas City (TX) extended care nursing home, is giving hydroxychloroquine to his patients. At “The Resort,” 87 people have tested positive for COVID-19, currently one of the biggest outbreaks in the state. Armstrong lies about DDT’s drug of choice having “virtually no side effects” and told a reporter that “some” of the 39 patients on the drug show signs of improvement. He has only anecdotal evidence with no random trial for his claims: he just pops pills, even to patients with dementia who cannot consent. He also didn’t tell families, and in some cases the patients, what he was doing. About notification of giving new medication, he said, “It’s not required.” His justification comes from studies from Europe and China, many of which have failed.

At the most recent inspection by the state Health and Human Services on July 25, 2019, the nursing home received 14 violations of state standards including lack of proper care for residents needing special services such as injections, colostomy, ureterostomy, ileostomy, tracheostomy care, tracheal suctioning, respiratory care, foot care, and prostheses; lack of storage, preparation, and provision of food in a clean and safe way; and lack of design, construction, equipment, and protection for the health and safety of residents, workers, and the public.

In a series of political roles, Armstrong, who got his drugs during a shortage by calling GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, is Vice Chair of Texas’ GOP. Patrick is known for saying on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show, that old people should volunteer to die so that the wealthy in the United States can keep their way of life.

Anti-narcissism medication might help people other than DDT. The stupidity and arrogance of South Dakota’s first-term governor, Kristi Noem, is also killing people. She will give no shelter-in-home order because it represents a “herd mentality.” People should have the right, according to Noem, to work, worship, play, and even stay at home. Her solution for the virus is to stop watching national news because—as other conservative governors claim—the state is not New York. Thanks to Noem’s blindness, her city of Sioux Falls faces one of the largest COVID-19 clusters in the nation: 640 people connected to a Smithfield Foods plant have confirmed cases. The plant, supplying five percent of the pork eaten in the U.S., employs 3,700 people who have no restrictions to keep them safe. It is closed for two weeks.

Noem’s only move to protect people is a shelter-in-place in two counties for people over 65 and with underlying health conditions. All other people are encouraged to demonstrate “personal responsibility” and “resiliency.” And take hydroxychloroquine. She is spending her money from the $2.2 trillion disaster relief law to buy the drug. Her advisers have warned her that up to 70 percent of her residents can be infected with the virus by its peak. Mayors in cities such as Rapid City try to enforce stay-at-home restrictions, but businesses consider the order unfair because the state doesn’t have the mandate.

With a population of only 885,000, South Dakota is 15th from the top in confirmed cases per one million people.

Residents and health officials in Nebraska, South Dakota’s southern border state, are angry with GOP Gov. Peter Ricketts for the surge of confirmed cases and the lack of stay-at-home orders. The 197 cases in one town, Grand Island, are six times per capita as that of the state, and the area has four deaths. Testing shows a positive rate of 20 to 25 percent in three nursing homes.

DDT’s senior counselor Kellyanne Cnway is also badly in need of an anti-narcissism drug. Since her interview on Fox & Friends this morning, people debate whether Conway is stupid or just desperately trying to appeal to DDT’s base. Blaming the World Health Organization to make DDT happy, she said that WHO should have learned from the first 18 strains of COVID—because it’s called COVID-19. The name comes from 2019, the year that COVID-19 was first identified. “People should know the facts,” she concluded her idiocy. That goes for the entire DDT administration.

On April 15, the U.S. has 587,155 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28,529 deaths, as well as countless other unidentified cases and deaths. DDT wants restrictions lifted, making the number of hospitalizations and deaths skyrocket.

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