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Monday, April 06, 2020

Paging Dr. Navarro. Dr. Navarro to Google Translate, puh-leeze!

Eh, those people are just statistics, right?

Or perhaps we should consult Sanjay Gupta, M.D.?

“This is a medication that seems to suppress your immune system,” he explained. “That’s why it works for patients, for example, of autoimmune diseases. If you’re somebody who needs a strong immune system because you’re elderly and your immune system has not been working well, would you want to suppress that person’s immune system? Probably not. I don’t know. Nobody knows and that’s sort of the point.”

“You want to do the studies here,” he recommended. “Could it be harmful to some people? Possibly and that would be obviously a terrible outcome. We don’t know the dosing that should be given, we don’t know the duration that should be given.”

“This is an immunosuppressant drug — it might suppress the immune system. Why would you suppress the immune system? It might make sense if the immune system is overreacting — that could be happening in a population of patients and could be that overreaction of the immune system that could be making people critically ill and causing death — but in someone who doesn’t have an overreacting immune system it could make things worse again,” he elaborated. “I don’t want to dive too much into the weeds here, but that gives you a little bit of a sense of what clinicians are trying to debate, what they’re trying to figure out. Am I dealing with an overreactive immune system? Am I dealing with a virus that is replicating and causing multiple system organ failure? What exactly is happening here? I have no other options. Maybe I should try this.”

“Perhaps that is happening sometimes in the form of a clinical trial, but this is a confusing thing to just basically say can’t hurt, might help, why not?” he added. “That’s not true.”
Who among us decided to put psycopaths and charlatans in charge of a medical emergency?

Yes, it is perfect; but that Berman even had to go there....


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

Peter Navarro is a Tufts-Harvard trained economist, probably a description with a larger percentage of arrogant twits in it than most others. Him giving health advice goes right along with Richard Epstein playing evolutionary biologist when he obviously didn't know the difference between a virus and a bacterium. Money men are almost as arrogant as surgeons, only surgeons might know something about medicine.

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