Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) is neither a physician nor a scientific researcher. And he’s not Johnson in Johnson & Johnson. But that didn’t stop him from discussing the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against Covid-19 and his YouTube account to post a video with his comments. And now surprise, surprise because of this video his account has been banned from YouTube for seven days.
So if you’re waiting for Johnson’s YouTube account to upload some wonderful cat videos or anything, you’ll probably have to wait at least until National Flip Flop Day, June 18th. According to Bill Glauber who reports for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a YouTube spokesman said the following about Johnson’s video: “We removed the video in accordance with our medical policy on Covid-19 misinformation, which does not allow content that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus.” Per Glauber, Johnson apparently stood up and made comments at the Milwaukee Press Club on June 3rd. Glauber also quoted Johnson as criticizing the U.S. government for “not only ignoring, but also against vigorous research [on] the use of cheap generic drugs that will be repurposed for the early treatment of Covid. ”
Here’s a News TMJ4 YouTube suspension segment:
Johnson has since issued a firm statement saying: “YouTube’s constant censorship of Covid proves it has accumulated too much inexplicable power. Big Tech and mainstream media believe they are smarter than doctors who have dedicated their lives to science and use their life-saving skills. They decided that only one medical position was allowed and that position was dictated by government agencies. “
Again, Johnson is not a doctor in the traditional sense, meaning someone who is actually a medical degree and has studied medicine. So when he mentions “doctors,” he is assumed not to think of himself. The question then is who is specifically meant and what exactly are their qualifications.
Johnson called the removal of his videos “censorship.” But combating the spread of false medical data is different. Imagine what would happen if a doctor told patients that the best cure for any disease is cabbage that hits the head. This could do real damage. By spreading misinformation or misinformation about Covid-19, its prevention and treatment, you could endanger hundreds, thousands, and even millions of lives.
YouTube’s rules on ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine is pretty clear. It says, “Don’t post content on YouTube if it includes any of the following:
- Content that recommends the use of Ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19
- Claims that ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine are effective drugs for Covid-19
- Content that recommends the use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the prevention of Covid-19 “
This is completely in line with what it signifies National Health Institute (NIH) Covid-19 Treatment Guidelines eye hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Here’s what the NIH guidelines say about hydroxychloroquine:
- „Panel with guidelines for treatment Covid-19 (Panel) recommends against use chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.
- In nonhospitalized patients, Panel recommends against use chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin for the treatment of Covid-19, except in a clinical trial. “
Hydroxychloroquine is not avocado toast. It is not a completely benign drug. Potential side effects include abnormal heart rhythms that can be potentially life-threatening. Therefore, you must be careful with recommending hydroxychloroquine when there is no clear potential benefit. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already recommended drugs against the treatment of Covid-19, which as I covered Forbes previously left some states stocks of unused hydroxychloroquine.
And here is what the guidelines say about ivermectin: “There is not enough data that the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (Panel) could recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. The results of adequately grounded, well-designed and well-conducted clinical trials are needed to provide more concrete evidence-based guidance on the role of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19. “
Note that these recommendations are based on a review of available scientific evidence conducted by a panel of actual experts in the field, not people who sell pillows or believe that gynecological diseases are the result of receiving demonic sperm. If you somehow think these recommendations are wrong about ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, let’s quote Tom Cruise from the movie Jerry Maguire, “Show me the study!” And not just some random paper uploaded to MedRxiv or some other website by a person who happens to have a computer and has Internet access. It should be a peer-reviewed study published in a reputable scientific journal.
This isn’t the first time Johnson has spat out what the hell happened to Covid-19. For example, in March, New York Times published an article entitled “Senator Ron Johnson spread misinformation about the virus, the election, the Kaptol uprising, even the greenery of Greenland. ”
Then in April, a radio show hosted by Vicki McKenna, Johnson seemed to oppose efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against Covid-19. Next segment on MSNBC repeated what Johnson said and the response of Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
As you can see Johnson claimed, “Since it’s not a fully approved vaccine, I think we should probably have limited the distribution to it, to vulnerable people, to people who really are. For very young people, I see no reason for people to be vaccinated. ”
No reason? It’s not like the Covid-19 vaccines are a reversible sequin pillow with Nicholas Cage’s face on it or some other simply beautiful product. There is a reason why public health professionals encourage vaccination. The whole purpose of vaccinating as many people as possible is to stop the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus. As long as you have a nose, mouth, and respiratory tract, you can become infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) and potentially spread the virus to others. And if you don’t have a nose, mouth, and respiratory tract, you should see a doctor right away or maybe realize that you’re actually a ficus plant.
Remember that vaccination is not like placing giant concrete, the whole body of a condom around you. The vaccine does not offer you 100% protection. You can still become infected with the virus and get Covid-19 even after complete vaccination. Yes, the vaccine is likely to significantly reduce the risk of getting Covid-19. But your risk will still depend on the amount of virus spreading around you, which in turn depends on the proportion of people around you who are vaccinated. The more people get vaccinated, the less chance the virus has to spread. It is the concept of herd immunity.
And in May Joy Reid on her MSNBC Joy Reid’s show called Johnson a “dangerous trader of misinformation” after Johnson incorrectly claimed that Covid-19 vaccines killed more than 3,000 people:
Once again, Johnson is not a doctor. Instead of speaking on behalf of what “doctors” Johnson can claim he is saying, why doesn’t he allow real doctors to talk on their own? This will allow everyone to see better the qualifications, experience and scientific information or lack thereof behind the statements. After all, didn’t Johnson say something about those who believe they are “smarter than doctors who have dedicated their lives to science and use their life-saving skills?”