Coronavirus: Trump’s Bad Advice

President Trump told reporters yesterday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine– an anti-malaria drug–despite the fact he continues to test negative for the coronavirus. As the Washington Post explained, clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients, particularly those with heart problems.

Then, late last night, President Donald Trump in a strongly worded letter to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump threatened to permanently cut off funding to the WHO if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”

Why This Matters: The United States had over 1.54 million cases of COVID-19 and over 90,000 deaths, you’d think that the President of the United States would want to work in tandem and cooperation with global health organizations rather than undermining them. And beyond that, at a time when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake, it’s unnerving that the leader of the free world would so openly advocate for a practice in which there is zero medical or scientific foundation to justify its use.

Make in Fashion: Why we should encourage face masks as a fashion accessory.

More Deadly Than the Flu?: Very much so, concludes a new study by the University of Washington. The national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%.  The study’s results also project a grim future if the U.S. doesn’t put up a strong fight against the spread of the virus.

Troubling Sign: As CNN reported, the number of childhood vaccines administered in Michigan has dropped by as much as 22% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State health officials are urging parents to continue immunization schedules for their children despite the virus.

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