Tuesday, March 24, 2020


I hadn’t watched this, though I’ve seen it all morning, everywhere.

I’ve dealt with small children who weren’t this self-obsessed.

1 comment:

  1. We will have tech bro's running drug trials. From the NYT:

    "The White House is partnering with the computer technology giant Oracle to promote a pair of malaria drugs that President Trump has touted in recent days to treat the coronavirus, even before the government approves their use for the outbreak, according to five senior administration officials and others familiar with the plans.

    An online platform designed by Oracle, in collaboration with the White House, is still taking shape. The president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as federal health agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, are also involved, according to two senior administration officials.

    Two senior administration officials familiar with the planning say the technology effort could collect data from physicians who prescribe the drugs, chloroquine and a related drug, hydroxychloroquine, and track patient symptoms. One senior official said planners had also discussed using the platform to mail the drugs to patients involved in the trial."

    It's not a stand alone article, it's on their live Coronavirus feed: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/world/coronavirus-updates-maps.html#link-1404547

    So at best anecdotal evidence, tech companies and uninformed flacks (Kushner et al.), no scientific rigor, but it will generate "data" that will support the conclusion not doubt. Oversight, review boards, Phase I,II and III trials, efficacy, rigor on side effects? Who needs all that, computers and data!

    "Mr. Trump has repeatedly pressed for optimism on treatments, and counseled that medical efforts not be wedded to traditional drug trials.

    He has described chloroquine — a drug that has been used to treat malaria for nearly a century — as a “game changer.”"

    Game changer!!