Seeing 2020: The Censored Science Of The Covid-19 Pandemic is a look at the experiences of medical doctors, including Dr. Robin Armstrong, who were silenced and censored while trying to save lives. Covid-19 is a real disease that needs real solutions, but it's hard collaborate when so many voices were silenced.
NASCAR is back in just two days, and at Sunday’s race a local doctor will serve as an honorary grand marshal. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit a Texas City nursing home he stepped up treat more than 30 elderly patients using a method not everyone agreed with but may have saved a lot of lives. FOX 26’s Jonathan Martin has more.
The media is manufacturing a scandal instead of focusing on the real story: Opposing view
While Washington continues to ignore the very real scandal involving the unmasking of Michael Flynn at the hands of Obama administration officials like former Vice President Joe Biden, the media is manufacturing a different scandal: outrage at President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask and for taking hydroxychloroquine.
As a physician, I know the science supports President Trump’s decision.
Early in the virus’ outbreak, the question of whether to wear masks was one my colleagues and I debated among ourselves. There is evidence on both sides. Ultimately, a mask doesn’t protect you from the virus, but it could prevent you from transmitting it to someone else.
President Trump’s unique position allows him and everyone he comes into contact with to be tested regularly, providing certainty he isn’t unwittingly spreading the virus to others. Thus, his decision to forgo the mask is justified.
The president’s response to this pandemic, both professionally and personally, has been consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and in consultation with some of the best doctors in the world.
from WFAA April 14, 2020
by Jason Whitely
DALLAS — What happened at a Galveston County nursing home over the last week was one of the first big tests of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients in Texas.
“I thought the risk of seeing 15% of that nursing home die was just not an acceptable,” said Dr. Robin Armstrong, MD, medical director at The Resort at Texas City.
Fifty-six residents at this senior facility in Galveston County contracted the novel coronavirus. Dr. Robin Armstrong said 39 of them gave him permission to treat them with hydroxychloroquine pills.
“Most of the patients have done well. And, you know, and I think that that is suggestive that the medication is helpful,” Armstrong told WFAA.
from Rolling Stone, April 11, 2020
By Peter Wade
A Texas physician used his Republican political connections to secure the anti-malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine and has begun administering it to elderly COVID-19 positive patients at a nursing home. Some patients and their families are not aware that they are being given the unproven drug that has been heavily-endorsed by President Trump.
Robin Armstrong, a physician and medical director of The Resort at Texas City nursing home, decided to start what he’s calling an “observational study” following an outbreak of the coronavirus that hit the facility earlier this month. One patient has died and another 87 have tested positive, including 56 residents and 31 staff, according to NPR.
Armstrong, who formerly served as the vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006-2010, reached out to Republican Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick, who in-turn made some calls. Two days later, according to NPR, “Armstrong had received more than enough medication to begin giving it to patients.”
from ABC13 Eyewitness News April 11, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- About 30 people at a nursing home in Texas City are being tested with hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, to determine whether it will be a successful treatment, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday.
On Friday, the Galveston County Health Department announced 83 people, including patients and employees, tested positive for COVID-19 at The Resort at Texas City. The next day, one of the patients died.
Abbott made the announcement during a briefing on Monday afternoon.
Hydroxychloroquine has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 by President Trump among others, but it remains controversial as some experts believe it is unproven and may not be effective.
"They are, for the most part, in their second day of this testing regimen that will last several more days," said Abbott. "We look forward to updating you as the week progresses about how this drug is aiding, or not, these patients."
from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Other Voices April 10, 2020
by Robin Armstrong
We in the medical community are now confronting the scenario we’ve trained for throughout our careers but hoped never to see: a true nationwide public health crisis.
Two months ago, it was business as usual for my medical practice. But now, the global coronavirus pandemic has reached a critical phase in Texas, and the actions we take — both as doctors and as community members — will go a long way toward determining how many of our fellow citizens will suffer and die from this disease.
As we medical professionals brace for the influx of patients and make the necessary preparations, I am reassured by the seriousness with which President Donald Trump is taking the situation and by the specific assistance his administration has provided doctors and other professionals on the front line of this pandemic.
The president is calling upon an important impulse in the American spirit — something that resides deep in the heart of every patriotic citizen.
from NPR April 10, 2020
by Vanessa Romo
Concern is mounting after a doctor at a Texas nursing home started giving the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to dozens of elderly patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and tracking the outcomes in what he's calling an "observational study."
Use of the drug to treat coronavirus infections has set up a heated debate between the Trump administration and leading health experts over its efficacy against COVID-19.
President Trump has been an enthusiastic champion of hydroxychloroquine, calling it a "game-changer." But some of the nation's most respected health officials have said there is insufficient evidence showing that the 80-year-old drug, which is typically used to stave off malaria or treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, is a viable treatment in battling the new virus.
The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug for the treatment of COVID-19. The U.S. National Institutes of Health is currently tracking clinical trials of the drug. Additionally, the University of Minnesota is undertaking a trial and Columbia University is as well. Results are not expected for weeks or months.