Fact Check: Ron Johnson’s ‘COVID-19: A Second Opinion’ Panel | local government

CLAIM: Dr. Harvey Risch, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine, said when hydroxychloroquine is used as an early treatment for COVID-19, it can reduce the risk of COVID-19 by 50%. hospitalization and a 75% risk of mortality.

DO: “I don’t know where this data comes from,” Sethi said. “The scientific consensus is that hydroxychloroquine is not a valid treatment for COVID.” Hydroxychloroquine, typically used to treat malaria, was first approved under emergency use authorization by the FDA for the treatment of COVID in March 2020. On June 15, 2020, the FDA rescinded its recommendation after finding that the drug was unlikely to be effective in treating COVID and resulted in some serious side effects, such as irregular heartbeats, according to the National Library of Medicine.

CLAIM: Dr. Pierre Kory, a strong advocate for the off-label use of ivermectin, said the drug has been shown to be effective in treating COVID in other parts of the world, saying it could help “solve “the pandemic.

DO: In a lab test, there was evidence that “the virus (COVID) can be killed by ivermectin, but at such high toxic levels that they can’t be given to people,” Sethi said. . “It has become a myth that ivermectin is something that could be used to treat COVID. It’s not.”