Texas Nursing Home: Media Ignores Good News
Texas Nursing Home: Media Ignores Good News
Texas nursing home, The Resort, generated all manner of concern-troll headlines and scare-mongering articles almost a month ago by treating its patients with the hydroxychloroquine cocktail. Good news was reported last week. Where are the follow-up articles?
Let’s start with the good news via one local Austin station.
When Armstrong began administering Hydroxychloroquine to it was controversial but appeared promising.
“If we didn’t make the decision quickly then we could potentially lose 15 to 20% of the residents which was not an option,” said the Doctor.
Armstrong’s approach was to begin administering Hydroxychloroquine a Zpac and Zinc just as soon as a resident first started showing symptoms.
Dr. Armstrong probably underestimated the percentage of residents he could have lost. We are seeing now that close to 50% of the deaths from the Wuhan Bat Lab Virus have come from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, close to 40% in Texas alone.
However, because of Dr. Armstrong’s decision to put his residents health ahead of political considerations, and taking care to carefully monitor his residents reaction to the drug cocktail, including administering EKGs, only one resident died out of the 56 residents who tested positive. As tragic as that one death, it could have easily been 22.
Anecdotal! The scare-mongers will shout. Of course it is. When faced with the prospect of losing 30-40% of the people entrusted into his care, would anyone accept it if the residents were randomized so half got placebos and likely have 8 to 11 of them died instead of one?
Yet it is precisely anecdotal observations, especially the boots-on-the-ground work that nurses and doctors do, that trigger wider study. Let’s all remember the Aussie internist Barry Marshall who tried to get the attention of mainstream gastroenterologists about his observation linking bacteria to ulcers and gastritis. He was repeatedly dismissed until he took matters into his own hands.
For their work on H. pylori, Marshall and Warren shared a 2005 Nobel Prize. Today the standard of care for an ulcer is treatment with an antibiotic. And stomach cancer — once one of the most common forms of malignancy — is almost gone from the Western world.
How many people would be dead today from bleeding ulcers or stomach cancer without Dr. Marshall’s anecdotal evidence?
Let’s review some of the media malfeasance on this issue.
AP April 6, 2020.
Galveston County health officials announced last week that more than 80 residents and staff members at The Resort at Texas City tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Abbott said many of the patients given hydroxychloroquine were in their second day of treatment.
President Donald Trump has promoted the drug as he grasps for ways to sound hopeful in the face of a mounting death toll and with the worst weeks yet to come for the U.S. But medical officials warn that it’s dangerous to be hawking unproven remedies, and even Trump’s own experts have cautioned against it.
Writer Paul J. Weber should be demoted off the news beat and his editor held accountable. The first paragraph is reporting, the second is pure editorializing and has no place there as written. It’s not there to inform readers but to manipulate them. As of today, I see no update on this article or a link to an update.
NPR April 10, 2020.
“Unproven” “Disconcerting” How precious.
But scientists argue that relying on observational, uncontrolled evidence can be misleading and that the only way to truly prove a drug is working is through carefully controlled clinical trials. And, contrary to Armstrong’s assertion that hydroxychloroquine “has virtually no side effects,” it is known to have serious negative health impacts. That is why so many in the medical community worry about prescribing it without such proof.
As of today, there is no update or link to a follow-up on this article.
April 8, 2020. Yes, I know, this is the Daily Mail, a UK tabloid mostly devoted to celebrity scandals and if-it-bleeds-it-leads sensationalism. Editorializing takes place not just in this snort-worthy headline but in the article.
It should also come as no surprise that this, too, has no update or follow-up.
As I’ve said before, our media doesn’t even pretend anymore to give you actual news. By choice, they give you what they want in order to manipulate you. It’s up to you to engage your brain and read, research, rinse and repeat.
Don’t ever forget it.
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