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The biggest argument cited against proposed Covid-19 treatments such as hydroxychloroquine and Remdesivir by Dr. Fauci and the media is “lack of controlled studies.” For those unfamiliar with research, let’s discuss. In any scientific study, you ideally want two study groups — an experimental group and a control group. You try to keep as many variables the same between the groups, then give the item studied to only the experimental group. In other words, you isolate the results to one variable. It’s best to use “double blind” groups, in which the subjects don’t know if they’re getting the treatment or not, which helps eliminate psychological effects. So, for example, if you studied hydroxychloroquine on Covid-19 patients, you’d try to find, say 10,000 patients with about the same age, fitness level, health conditions, etc.; then, you’d give 5000 patients the drug and 5000 patients a sugar pill. Next, you’d follow up the results in the immediate future as well as years down the road (for immunity, secondary health effects, etc.). No doubt, it’d be nice to have these controlled studies on effectiveness, but do you see the potential issues?
1. Controlled studies are expensive, complex, and time-consuming to conduct.
2. Humans are complex creatures with widely-varying health levels and genetic makeup, so getting adequate compare groups would be difficult.
3. Controlling the experiment over time would be near impossible. You can’t say to patients, “whether this works or not, don’t use any other treatments or change your lifestyle.” If someone isn’t getting better, their doctors will likely use alternative treatment methods.
4. It’s borderline unethical. If you have a treatment that will likely cure an illness, how can you justify letting half the study get treated with nothing?
Time is of the essence with any virus, so why tie the hands of doctors and scientists? If the patients are being cured and they’re doing nothing against their will, does it really matter how the cure happened? In my opinion, fascist governors, the FDA, and any others that stand in the way of patients’ right-to-try are no better than common murderers. And anyway, we all know, it’s politics driving their decisions, not science.
Ironically, one of the biggest complaints of anti-vaxxers is a lack of controlled studies on the vaccines. Two big differences though: 1) many of these vaccines have been in use for decades, so there’s been plenty of time to at least try some studies, and 2) common vaccines are often forced on people as a condition of school or employment. All I’m suggesting is each patient should be able to make their own informed decisions as it only affects his or herself (remember, “my body, my choice,” liberals?).
BTW, Dr. Fauci opposes hydroxychloroquine for the “lack of controlled studies” excuse, but he opposes doing controlled studies a Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines for the “ethical” reasons of control groups. In other words, he’s a slimy, despicable, Deep State tool who is using any kind of double talk he can get away with to keep the panic/hysteria going until the election.