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Americans Obediently Die For The Lying Liberals – “What Made Asia’s Largest Slum a Success Model for Treating COVID-19?”

Vijay Jayaraj - https://www.climatedepot.com/2017/11/03/un-paris-climate-pact-all-set-to-become-massive-failure/
Vijay Jayaraj – https://www.climatedepot.com/2017/11/03/un-paris-climate-pact-all-set-to-become-massive-failure/

 

BY VIJAY JAYARAJ

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Article, by Vijay Jayaraj, Appeared First In The Great Thomas Lifson’s americanthinker.com

 

By Vijay Jayaraj

What Made Asia’s Largest Slum a Success Model for Treating COVID-19?

On July 9, 2020 Asia’s biggest and densest slum shocked the world by announcing just one new positive COVID-19 case despite being a cluster and hotspot.

Dharavi is no ordinary slum. It is one of the densest in the world, housing more than a million people. It provided some of the background for the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Dharavi contains pockets where as many as 650,000 people are crammed into 2.5 square kilometers. In comparison, New York City has only around 95,605 people for 2.5 square kilometers.

India feared the worst when a cluster outbreak of COVID-19 was reported in Dharavi. It could have become the biggest COVID-19 disaster zone in the world. But by using proactive measures, Dharavi contained the virus.

Media around the world, like the Los Angeles Times, have reported the success. Even the World Health Organization praised Dharavi.

Reports credit the huge turnaround to various factors. Most focused on Dharavi’s use of widespread testing and contact tracing. One is the use of an anti-malarial drug. But they ignored the policy most responsible. Indian doctors used Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for prophylaxis (preventive) treatment — the same drug the American media have politicized.

Dharavi’s COVID-19 infection rate dropped drastically from April through June. In July, new infections were very low, almost reaching zero on July 9.

Officials have credited this turnaround to “A combination of hydroxychloroquine, vitamin, and zinc tablets along with homeopathic medicines.”

HCQ has been widely used across India to treat early-stage COVID-19. It is also prescribed for prophylaxis among those who have come into contact with people who have tested positive.

In India, HCQ has always been legal. The government’s official COVID-19 task force, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), highly recommends it for high-risk people like medical practitioners.

The ICMR guidelines recommend prophylactic use of HCQ for the following categories: 

  1. “all asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in containment and treatment of COVID19 and asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID hospitals/non-COVID areas of COVID hospitals/blocks”;
  2. “symptomatic frontline workers, such as surveillance workers deployed in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in COVID-19 related activities”;
  3. and “symptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.”

In other words, HCQ is for anyone with the slightest chance of contracting COVID-19.

Not all are on board with its use. When doctors began using HCQ in Dharavi, anti-HCQ advocates approached the Bombay high court. But the court ruled in favor of HCQ:

“Now, in a given case, if abiding by the law stricto sensu and waiting for a clinical trial of a drug would result in loss of valuable time for saving a patient and the choice is between the devil and the deep sea, i.e., no other drug except an HCQ sort of a drug, though not clinically tried for treating the disease, is the last option left for a doctor to save the life of such patient, should the doctor fold his hands and leave the patient to the mercy of the Almighty on the ground that the relevant drug has not been registered for use as prophylaxis? The answer, we are minded to hold, should be in the negative.”

The court could have informed the challenger about the track-record of efficacy of HCQ. ICMR’s observational study of 334 healthcare workers at AIIMS hospital (10 minutes from my home in Delhi) revealed that 248 who took HCQ prophylaxis had lower incidence of infection than those who didn’t. A similar study in three other hospitals in Delhi had similar results.

There have been only 27,497 COVID-19 deaths in India through July 19. With a population of 1.3 billion, that is an extremely low death rate of 19 per million, or 0.002 percent. (That is much lower than for tuberculosis, which kills 440,000 each year in India.)

The use of HCQ could be one reason why India’s death rate is dramatically lower than that of some European countries, like Spain, with 607 deaths per million, and France, with 461.

The 139,659 deaths reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control by July 19 represent a rate about 20 times India’s.

Doctors have shown that HCQ, in combination with zinc and azithromycin can be very effective in early stages of COVID-19:

“Risk stratification-based treatment of COVID-19 outpatients as early as possible after symptom onset with the used triple therapy, including the combination of zinc with low dose hydroxychloroquine, was associated with significantly less hospitalizations and 5 times less all-cause deaths.”

HCQ may be saving millions across the globe except in countries where it remains controversial. White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro pointed out the same last week:

“It’s the politicization of this medicine by the mainstream media and portions of the medical community that somehow made this a battle between President Trump and them and created this undue fear and hysteria over a drug, a medicine that has been used for over 60 years relatively safely and is regularly prescribed to pregnant women if they are going to a malaria zone.”

India has exported tons of HCQ to the U.S, Canada, and dozens of other countries in the past few months. Despite having stockpiles, these nations have resisted its use. The American media and bureaucracies should move beyond their obsession with politics and honestly consider HCQ’s efficacy

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Thanks to Democrats, Trump is unchained and has freedom to act

Democrats think they’ve outsmarted Trump by saying everything he’s done is bad. They’ve done the opposite, though. Trump is now free to act as he sees fit.

Democrats, both inside and outside of the media, are feeling pretty pleased with themselves. As far as they’re concerned, they’ve got Trump locked in a box. Because most Americans don’t read past the headlines, and can easily have yesterday’s facts overwritten by today’s lies, the Democrats have positioned themselves to describe as “the worst” every single step Trump has taken since it became apparent that both China and the WHO were lying about COVID-19.*

First Trump was a racist who overreacted. Then Trump was a laggard who failed to make America’s blue state governors and mayors aware of the problem facing them. Then he was a bad manager who didn’t correct stockpile problems created early in the Obama administration. Then he was a blue state hater who hoarded supplies to save them for red states. Naturally, there was the complaint that, despite being Hitler, he was a failure because he refused to act in an authoritarian way and shut down the entire economy, rather than merely parts of it.

And that’s only the beginning of the box leftists have been trying to build around Trump. They complained Trump didn’t communicate enough. Now he’s communicating so much that Democrat-run media refuse to carry him. The reason given is that Trump lies, but reasonable people can believe that the media are worried that the public is witnesses in real-time the fact that reporters don’t seek information, they merely seek to destroy. They’re also getting to hear Trump speak unmediated truths and show his boundless optimism.

Incidentally, one of those “lies” the media claims Trump was telling was his optimism about hydroxychloroquine. The moment Trump said that, the media announced that this tried-and-true malarial drug was a killer and Trump a murderer even for mentioning it. That line of argument is fading as it’s becoming clear that chloroquine, when given early, makes a huge difference, and is becoming the treatment of choice around the world.

This kind of manic, illogical, highly dishonest and partisan reporting leads to the usual lefty hysteria and hyperbole. The best example, of course, is Ohio Rep. Tavia Galonski, who will be remembered forever for this tweet about Trump’s expressed hopes for hydroxychloroquine.

There’s also NeverTrumper Max Boot’s “The Worst President. Ever.

And, of course, from former theater critic Frank Bruni, “Has Anyone Found Trump’s Soul? Anyone?

Those are just the three latest, loudest examples. It’s been like this non-step since Trump took the lead and closed our border to China. They all think they’re so clever. They’re certain that, with this kind of attack, there’s nowhere for Trump to go but down, down, down. Down in the polls, down in the election, down in ignominious failure, down in history as the worst, most soulless, president ever.

All these oh-so-clever leftists are forgetting one thing: Just as someone who can do no wrong has unlimited license to act, so too does someone who can do no right.

In the beginning of this pandemic, Trump was taking advice from Anthony Fauci, a man whose every first opinion about the virus has been wrong. Trump dutifully paid attention to Fauci because Trump was at the beginning of his own learning curve. Now that Trump has figured things out, though, he’s going to start making his own decisions.

Unlike Fauci, who’s focused like a laser on killing the last atom of COVID-19 on earth, Trump is focused on saving America. He understands now that America can weather COVID-19, but cannot weather the economic fallout.

Yes, people will die from COVID-19 if they’re not all locked away in their homes, but people always die. The lockdown also means people will die. In the short-term, there’ll be fewer deaths from the flu and car accidents, as a few more people die from Chinese malfeasance. But what Trump gets (and the Democrats probably do too, although they won’t admit it until they can blame Trump), is that if the economy collapses, people will die from depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, drug overdoses, violent crimes, and all the other deadly things that come with abject despair.

What Trump also understands is that, for the left, people dying only matters when there’s a Republican in the White House. Then, each death is a tragedy. When Democrats are in the White House, all those deaths are only statistics.

Right now, we’ve reached the point at which Trump has had, or will have, an important insight about his future plans: Since he’ll be excoriated no matter what he does, he can do whatever the heck he wants. If you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t then, as a moral and intelligent person, you do what you think is right.

In the next few days, Trump is going to free America. The Democrats will howl that he’s a mass murderer, but Trump understands that they’d the same thing if he continues on the current, America-killing track. If the media had been smart enough to leave Trump a channel of behavior that could earn their approval, he might have aimed for that channel, even if he thought that heading in that direction was a bad idea. Now, though, there’s no incentive to steer closer to the Democrats’ demands. They’ve foreclosed that.

They think they’re clever. They’re not.

(And yes, if you’re Jewish, you’re noticing that, on the upcoming anniversary of the world’s first slave revolt, the Jewish celebration of freedom known as Passover, is arriving right around the time Trump is planning to shake off the Democrats’ chains.)

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*If you’re wondering why I’ve taken to calling the current viral iteration “COVID-19,” it’s because this name is the most accurate technical term. What we’re seeing now isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, deadly disease China sends our way. I’ve therefore decided to make sure that, when I look back on past posts, I know which deadly Chinese disease I’m blogging about.

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