A video of a group of doctors dressed in white coats addressing newsmen has gone viral after one of the doctors claimed to have cured COVID-19.
One of the doctors identified as Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Nigerian USA-based doctor disclosed that she had treated more than 350 people with Coronavirus using hydroxychloroquine as she stood with several others on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington.
According to the Nigerian USA-based doctor, she went to medical school in Nigera where she treated malaria patients with the drug, which President Donald Trump claimed could prevent or treat COVID-19.
Speaking on the effectiveness of the drug, Dr Immanuel emphasized that she has treated over 350 COVID-19 patients.
“Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people. I think my oldest patient is 92, 87 year olds. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well”, she added.
She said she put herself, her staff and other doctors she knew on hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19.
“We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients, everyday,” she said.
“We give them breathing treatments. We only wear surgical mask. None of us has gotten sick. It works.”
Dr Immanuel said no one needed to die, as America’s death toll for the virus reaches 148,000.
A group called America’s Frontline Doctors has countered the views of the Nigerian US-based doctor.
The group only recently created its website which says it wants to “empower Americans to stop living in fear”.
“If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease,” it says.
Reacting to the position of the America’s Frontline Doctors, Emergency medicine doctor Anand Swaminathan said the hydroxychloroquine propaganda from the group was complete nonsense.
“This is the message of hucksters, not doctors,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Multiple well-done studies show no benefit for HCQ. If your results are so good, publish. Otherwise, you’re full of it.”
Dr Immanuel said she did not need to do a double-blind study because it was unethical.
“All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this medication works, how about your patients that have died?,” she said.
“We don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID.”
Many others slammed the group on Twitter, questioning their credentials and the fact they were wearing matching lab coats.
“The coat the doctors are wearing says ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ – what organisation is that?” one woman asked.
“What hospital are they affiliated with? Where do they work? And they are all standing there without masks on. Real doctors would not set this poor of an example.”
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