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It's one thing to give people hope - but the President also has to be careful and responsible in how he gives people hope.


He has to choose his words carefully not to create the misimpression that there exists a treatment for the illness, or that we're close to getting to a treatment for the illness - and certainly not to get laypeople to start believing that a particular treatment that is medically necessary for other illnesses is going to be effective in treating coronavirus.

I don't believe he ever gave the impression that you should eat several grams of an aquarium cleaner that's marked "Not for human consumption" with a big orange label. Maybe we should bring Mr. Yuck back.

people who have conditions for which hydroxychloroquine has been shown to be effective (lupus, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis) can't get it. It can also get people to start diminishing the lethality of coronavirus and taking public health warnings about sheltering-in-place less seriously.

As someone who's effectively been sheltering in place for >3 weeks now (WA state was the first, mind you), I don't think that's happening.

I also don't think we've got 46 million cases of lupus or malaria currently in the United States, but I could be wrong there.
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