In what seems like a split second, life has become very different from what it once was for America and the world.
Despite the surreal changes that COVID-19 has thrust upon us, all that we really need now is a hope that towers over fear.
This type of hope just may have arrived in the form of a medication that actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim describes as the “secret weapon” that helped him recover from the coronavirus.
Best known for his roles in “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” Kim is also currently producing the television series “The Good Doctor.”
During the recent treatment of his coronavirus condition, Kim’s own good doctor prescribed him a “drug cocktail” that consisted of the antiviral medicine TamiFlu, a bacterial antibiotic Azithromycin, a lung disease inhaler treatment Glycopyrrolate, and the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine.
Taking to his Instagram account, Kim revealed that he did not require any hospitalization and now feels “back to normal.”
He is presently displaying “no symptoms” other than a bit of congestion and is crediting the drug Hydroxychloroquine as the stealth remedy that placed him on the path to recovery.
“I am happy to report that my progress has continued and I practically feel back to normal. I am lucky enough to be in the 80% of diagnosed cases that have not required hospitalization,” Kim said in his Instagram video.
He also pointed out that Hydroxychloroquine was used with “great success in Korea in their fight against the coronavirus.”
President Donald Trump made mention of the drug during a recent White House press conference.
“This would be a gift from heaven,” the president said. “This would be a gift from God if it works. We are going to pray to God that it does work.”
Following the press conference, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander lodged an accusation against the president, stating that he was giving people a “false sense of hope.” Numerous media outlets repeated the outrageous line.
The truth is Hydroxychloroquine has been used for many decades to treat malaria and is already approved by the FDA for this purpose.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also invoked the virtue of hope at the daily White House press briefing.
“The president is talking about hope for people and it’s not an unreasonable thing to hope for people,” Dr. Fauci said.
Kim was of the belief that the evidence for the drug’s effectiveness was anecdotal. He wrapped up his Instagram footage with the statement, “Well, add my name to those personal accounts because I am feeling better.”
It is important to note that there is much more than mere anecdotal evidence for the antimalarial drug’s use on COVID-19. A study was conducted in Marseilles, France, which found that 70 percent of coronavirus patients treated with Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Azithromycin tested negative for the virus by the sixth day of treatment.
Critics point out that the study was small in scope, consisting of 20 treated patients. However, a rate of 14 out of 20 cures should not be cast aside as insignificant.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not accepting the “false hope” rhetoric. New York will begin implementing trials with the drug and has acquired 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 Zithromax (a.k.a., Azithromycin), and 750,000 Chloroquine from the Federal Government, with the trials to commence on Tuesday.
Pharmaceutical company Mylan is not accepting the “false hope” label either. The manufacturer’s plant, located in Morgantown, West Virginia, is set to immediately restart production of Hydroxychloroquine.
The Israeli generic drug company Teva sees hope in Hydroxychloroquine and is stepping up the production of the antimalarial drug.
Also added to the hopeful list is the country of Australia. A group of patients has been successfully treated in a trial using a combination of the anti-HIV medication Kaletra (a.k.a., Lopinavir or Ritonavir) and Hydroxychloroquine. All patients experienced a complete recovery. Consequently, the Aussies have decided to distribute these drugs to coronavirus patients in 50 hospitals nationwide.
While it is true that we currently do not have an effective treatment available to combat the new strain of the virus, Hydroxychloroquine, when used in combination with either the antibiotic or the HIV medication, is proving to be effective and needs to be made available as a treatment option in the U.S. as soon as possible.
Thanking God for the researchers who are tirelessly working to find a cure and for a president who for over three years has epitomized the hope that towers over fear.