Monday, March 30, 2020

If Ever There Was a Time…

I’ve been thinking of doing a “Transport Me There” meme for awhile. If ever there was a time to be transported this is it. So this is entry #1 in my “Transport Me There” vault.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, “social distancing” and all. But who couldn’t spend a day in this alley coffee shop with a laptop, Kindle or good book?**

But for now we return to reality with a Wuhan Wave update:

In the wake of an additional study of its efficacy Italy and France are now prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for coronavirus patients. The U.S. has not done so as the FDA and CDC aren’t sure of the drug’s effectiveness and safety due to the small trial size of the trial and lack of sufficient data.

We can shut down the world’s #1 economy in hopes of stopping the spread of the disease but we’re not willing to use established drugs without business-as-usual protocols? How about we let the patients decide if they’re willing to risk taking a drug off-label in exchange for being able to breathe?

By the way, doctors often prescribe off label use of drugs for conditions that have been shown to respond to the treatment. It is perfectly legal unless medical marvels like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmore declare it not to be. And don’t forget that many successful drugs, such as Viagra, were originally designed for another purpose.

To all the people on the left who perpetually promote “be more like Europe” socialism at any cost:

European "Socialism" : Libertarian

Now seems to be a good time to emulate them a bit.

Oh, and thanks to American prowess and know-how you will soon be able to get a coronavirus test in just 5 minutes using the new FDA-authorized ID NOW COVID-19 test from Chicago’s Abbott Laboratories

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests. The agency authorized emergency use authorization for fastest available molecular point-of-care test for novel coronavirus. The approval signals that federal regulators were satisfied with the test’s validation data and believe its benefits outweigh any risks, such as false positives or negatives.

“We’re ramping up production to deliver 50,000 ID NOW COVID-19 tests per day, beginning next week, to the U.S. healthcare system,” the company said.

**NOTE: The Pickwick Roasting Co. is currently “Closed Due to COVID 19 Crisis.” Plus it’s not far from the Chicago Art Institute (also “Closed Due to COVID 19 Crisis”) and it is still March so on second thought I might defer this transport for awhile. Probably until such time as it is summer…and Chicago once again “allows” you to carry your legally obtained and licensed firearm.

UPDATE: FDA Issues Emergency Authorization for the Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Combat Coronavirus Effective Immediately…

After the media went bananas trying to refute President Trump several weeks ago after he spoke optimistically about the potential for a malaria medication called chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to be used to combat the coronavirus, today the FDA has approved its use.