One of the two is Jeff Colyer, the former governor of Kansas.
Even so, I’m torn on whether this piece is worth promoting. The argument made by Colyer and his co-author, Daniel Hinthorn, is interesting. Don’t focus on using hydroxychloroquine as a last-ditch remedy for coronavirus patients who are at death’s door, they say. Consider it as a prophylaxis for health-care workers and others who are likely to be exposed to the virus. They point to that recent French study that was touted on Tucker Carlson’s show as evidence that patients given HCL and an antibiotic, azithromycin, had “cleared” the virus from their systems within three to six days. If the same effect can be achieved in health-care workers, not only can they stay on the job without fear of severe illness but the risk that they’ll transmit the virus to patients will be much reduced.
Just one wrinkle: There’s no data whatsoever in this op-ed. No hard evidence that hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are actually reducing the viral loads in patients. The furthest Colyer and Hinthorn will go in defense of the treatment is to say “Our patients appear to be showing fewer symptoms,” whatever that means.