Sumary of 7 Lessons We’ve Learned From This Pandemic to Remember for the Next One:
- The human tendency to try to make sense of chaos in a crisis gave COVID-19 conspiracy theories an enduring stronghold..
- Perhaps the most pervasive myth of all was that hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQ)—a drug that used to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis—is a miracle cure for COVID-19, thanks in part to mixed messages from leadership..
- The theory that HCQ could treat and even prevent COVID-19 spread like wildfire among Americans thanks to mixed messaging from leadership including former president Trump himself—who said last May that he was taking the drug preemptively to avoid getting COVID-19..
- At the height of the hype, many Americans were reportedly self-medicating with a combination of HCQ and the antibiotic azithromycin in an attempt to prevent infection, resulting in multiple deaths and hospitalizations..
- Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) of chloroquine phosphate and HCQ last March to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients when involving them in a clinical study isn’t feasible..
- But that didn’t stop some politicians and even health officials from continuing to guarantee that HCQ was an effective COVID-19 treatment..
- Even doctors struggle to make treatment decisions during a pandemic—which is why caution and consistency in public health communication are critical….