President Trump was taken to task by an NBC reporter last week who wanted to know why he wasn’t more positive when speaking to the American people about his forecast for containing the China virus.
The reporter asked his question immediately after President Trump spent five minutes touting a potential drug therapy and stating his optimism about America’s resolve.
It was clearly a gotcha moment. If Trump came off as too optimistic he’d be skewered for having his head us his ass. Especially after the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci poured cold water on the president’s optimism by labeling the therapy’s successful track record as “anecdotal.”
One left that presser wondering if the reporter works for Concast or for the Communist Chinese. Is there a difference?
Trump dismissed the questioner for the propagandist he obviously is.
Under President Trump’s right to try law, a law that he championed when others wouldn’t, initial reports are that patients who are trying that treatment are experiencing amazing recoveries.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
Rio Giardinieri, 52, told Los Angeles’ Fox 11 that he struggled with horrendous back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days after catching COVID-19, possibly at a conference in New York.
Doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida diagnosed him with the coronavirus and pneumonia and put him on oxygen in the ICU, he told the outlet.
After more than a week, doctors told him there was nothing more they could do and, on Friday evening, Giardinieri said goodbye to his wife and three children.
“I was at the point where I was barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging,” Giardinieri said. “I really thought my end was there.”
Then a friend sent Giardinieri a lifeline of hope when he alerted him to the news that had instructed the FDA to fast-track testing of hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, as treatment for COVID-19.
“… Giardinieri said he contacted an infectious disease doctor about the drug.
He gave me all the reasons why I would probably not want to try it because there are no trials, there’s no testing, it was not something that was approved,” said Giardinieri.
“And I said, ‘Look, I don’t know if I’m going to make it until the morning,’ because at that point I really thought I was coming to the end because I couldn’t breathe anymore,” Giardinieri continued.
“He agreed and authorized the use of it and 30 minutes later the nurse gave it to me.”
Following a period of discomfort, and an additional two doses Giardinieri claims he’s experiencing no pain, can breathe again, and his fever is gone.
Giardinieri is certain that the drug saved his life… “To me, there was no doubt in mind that I wouldn’t make it until morning. “So to me, the drug saved my life.”