Well, in April a major South Korean study found it wasn’t effective; and in June they officially advised dropping HCQ as a treatment.The South Koreans did what Trump did but nobody was calling the South Korean experts Snake Oil salesmen or critcizing their decision to recommened it as a treatment.
Yes it was for the most part anecdotal but it was early in the Pandemic and wasnt any time to wait for RCTs. Safe Cheap and available give it a shot.
On July 28, Trump called it a cure — and to this day still exemplifies confirmation bias by retweeting any one with a medical background who supports his conclusion.
So regardless of what South Korea did, or what Trump attempted to do in March—going back to my original post—we are debating it to this day because our President, who is totally unqualified to speak on the subject, continues to need validation...and as a result a group of Americans are loyal to a pharmaceutical molecule that at best is inferior to other treatment alternatives.