On Monday night, a video featuring a group of doctors known as “America’s Frontline Doctors” making a claim on hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax as the cure for COVID-19 appeared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The video, which went viral immediately, was soon taken down by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on the ground that it promoted misinformation.
President Trump shared multiple versions of the video with his millions of followers.
The spokesperson for the group, Dr. Stella Immanuel, said, “you don’t need masks” to prevent spread of the coronavirus, and that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for the treatment of Covid-19 are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.
This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax,” the woman claims. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure,” She said.
There’s been widespread interest in hydroxychloroquine as both a preventative measure and for treating patients with coronavirus.
President Trump has used it as a preventative measure, and President Bolsonaro of Brazil has also taken it.
But the World Health Organization (WHO), despite some early studies raising hopes, halted its trials, saying that the drug doesn’t reduce death rates in patients with Coronavirus.
Reactions and concerns continue to trail the air around COVID-19, with different conspiracy theories springing up to question the honesty of WHO and mainstream media organizations around the world.
In Nigeria, a popular belief of ostensibly Biblical apocalypse that serves to explain the complicity of rich individuals like Bill and Melinda Gates have been propounded to teach the subject of eschatology.
The viewpoint from which the virus, its preventive measures, and the proposed vaccine is now being evaluated by most Nigerians is from active or passive consent to wrongdoing by politicians and those being alleged to be working for the devil.
The conflicting information on the virus, the use of movies simulation to predict its outbreak amongst other facts, gave rise to the doubtful premise of different arguments against the propositions by WHO and politicians.
Even the record of claims of death from the virus have been argued and revised at different times. In Nigeria, many believe, the virus is a simple malaria that they are used to.
High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the owner of Africa Independent Television, AIT, after being discharged as a COVID-19 patient, said that he cannot tell the difference between COVID-19 and malaria.
According to him, all the people he met at the isolation centre where he was treated of COVID-19 all said that the result of the test conducted on them by reputable laboratories in Abuja showed that it was malaria that they had.
But the test from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control insisted that it was COVID-19. Meanwhile, the drugs ministered to them to cure the supposed COVID-19 were all malaria drugs. According to Chief Dokpesi, “This is a food for thought.”