“In the last two days [the doctors] they were very hopeful, “she told her daughter Thais Saturnino Mendonça.” The fever was gone. Pulmonary and respiratory condition was evolving. It was good. “
However he died suddenly. “God’s will,” the Thais said.
In Brazil – home to the worst outbreak of coronavirus in South America, where as many as 50,000 new cases have been registered every day – the drug is at the heart of a scrap of fever on politics and faith. Science has shown that it does not work, but the Ministry of Health and the President of Brazil insist that he ̵1; attract many to Brazil with false hope.
Use of Mendonça Juraci is now also taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic, part of another unproven government cocktail supported by ivermectin and azithromycin.
“I’m here,” he said, as evidence of the drug’s effectiveness. “Other people in my circle of friends who have also used hydroxylchlorinin have done very well. But this is an issue: Sometimes a different issue makes the person end up in a more serious situation. Don’t you understand?”
“We’re studying the harmful effects, and everything we see now, with a good level of evidence, is anti-use,” she told CNN.
Globally the debate over hydroxylchlorinin – resolved by science is still heartbreaking in the mouths of politicians seeking hope to sell – is wasting time, said former US General Surgeon Dr Vivek Murthy. “The whole time we often end up spending to get rid of these myths around hydroxylchlorinin is a time we are not spending working to solve the current problem in front of us,” he told CNN.
Brazil imported millions of doses of the drug, and a survey released Sunday by the Sao Paulo State Medical Association showed that fifty percent of doctors in the state felt pressure to prescribe the unproven drug.
Recently, Bolsonaro recently moderated his rhetoric about hydroxylchlorinin, saying he is not in favor of it – but that the medication is for patients to choose with their doctor. However, repeated photo opportunities, and the Ministry of Health’s encouragement of patients of all kinds to take it – from pregnant women to moderate cases – have had a major impact.
Supporters gathered outside the President’s official residence, the Alvorada Palace in Brazil, on Tuesday, where it was clear that support for the President is often undoubtedly linked to support for medicine. One man was wearing a yellow t-shirt that read “Stick to Bolsonaro” on the front, and “All health to the people” on the back. A woman in a red jacket, who refused to give her name, railed with Chinese influence in Brazil.
Another supporter, Felipe, said he was hoping the President would appear. “Last Sunday he came to lower the flag,” he said. “We’re expecting him because he tested negative for Covid-19 yesterday, so today is a day to celebrate.” It is launched in a very precise and detailed description of how hydroxylchlorinin blocks the transmission of the virus in cells – a theory that has been contradicted by study after study.
However medicine advocates do not always dismiss other proven measures. At the Nucléo da Fé evangelical church on the street in Brazil, science-based protocols mix with faith. Vendors wear masks and use a hand sanitizer gel on their hands, each family group standing roughly six feet apart, as recommended by health experts around the world. However the emotion takes over their support for the President and apparently the drugs he asked for worked for him.
Pastor Wilbert Batista took the stage, and began with gentle words for Bolsonaro, with whom I sometimes paint coffee and lunch, even riding together on a helicopter. At the time Jesus had kings, he told the congregants, “but in our country, we have a President, and it is our biblical duty to pray for our President. And we have done this, in several men. God has led me once to the President, and in the coming days I look forward to coming back.Why? Because God knows I have been praying for him.Because of this, Brazil is already having inexplicable results.Our country is working well, in Jesus ’name.” Bolsonaro’s image was emblazoned on the stage screen
In addition, Batista told CNN that hydroxychloroquine is popular and seemed to link it to the lack of deaths in his congregation. “Medicine is not our focus, but in the church we have doctors and other doctors also agree with the treatment the President is talking about,” he said, adding that he does not discuss medicine in the church. “Not one death in our church, and not one. One person was hospitalized, others lived asymptomatically, in a group of 3,000. Some of the infected people took the hydroxylchlorinin protocol with azithromycin. Others seek medical advice from doctors “
After him the worship continued, large doors on each side of the congregation blowing a clean wind on their spread palms.