Outpatient treatment options for Covid-19

The US Senate had a 2-hour meeting about “Outpatient treatment options for Covid-19” on November 19, 2020. Several physicians testified and explained what common people could do if they begin experiencing flu or Covid-19 symptoms. Presently, citizens are advised to stay at home, isolate for several days and, if the situation becomes worse, like experiencing difficulties in breathing, then go to the hospital. There are no recommended early outpatient treatments for Covid-19 in the US, and people are left to panic at home, wait, and hope for the best. Or, try to get tested somewhere for Covid-19 and wait (usually for days) for the laboratory results to come.  The consequence is that several critical days pass in the early stages of the development of the disease before any actual remedial action is taken. This is too late and patients end up overwhelming hospitals after the virus has already spread into the internal organs. The results of this policy are high mortality rates and often long-term negative effects in patients that survived the virus.

The complete Senate session (2 hours and 28 minutes long) was recorded by CSPAN:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?478159-1/senate-hearing-covid-19-outpatient-treatment&vod

CSPAN is the only unbiased TV channel source in the US. I highly recommend to every adult person to watch this Senate hearing in its entirety.

Three physicians were invited as witnesses on behalf of the majority (Republicans). They were:

1) Dr Peter McCullough, Vice Chair of Internal Medicine at the Baylor University and Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University

2) Dr Harvey Risch, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University

3) Dr George Fareed, Medical Director of the Pioneers Health Center in Brawley, California

The above three physicians have treated numerous Covid-19 patients, both in the initial stages of the disease (as outpatients) and during hospitalization.

The minority (Democrats) decided to invite only one witness on their behalf:

1) Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health

Dr. Ashish Jha is a well-known physician who appears frequently in television interviews representing the Democratic view regarding the Covid-19 response. Only very late in the Senate session, after being pressed by Senator Ron Johnson (“Are you treating Covid patients?”, recording time: 2 hours and 18 minutes), Dr. Jha admitted he had no direct experience in treating Covid patients (“I have not”, recording time: 2 hours and 19 minutes).

The above US Senate hearing – in its entirety – should be required reading, or watching in this case, by everyone – physician, patient or plain worried citizen – in this critical time when a second wave of Covid-19 is fast spreading over the Northern Hemisphere with the arrival of the Winter season.

About the Author
Jaime Kardontchik has a PhD in Physics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He lives in the Silicon Valley, California.
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