Dr. Stella Immanuel — Who Claims to Fight Witchcraft — Says Hydroxychloroquine Can Cure and Prevent COVID-19
UPDATE: The video was removed by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube because of its false and dubious claims related to curing COVID-19. President Donald Trump shared multiple versions of the video with his 84 million Twitter followers even though the video contradicted his own public health experts, notes CNN.
Dr. Stella Immanuel — a pediatrician in Houston, Texas — claimed that she has cured and prevented COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medication that was promoted by President Donald Trump for the coronavirus in May. The FDA pulled hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 in June.
Immanuel made her extraordinary claims outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., but failed to provide any evidence:
In the past few months, after taking in over 350 patients, we have not lost one. Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody with asthma, not an old person. We’ve not lost one patient.
On top of that, I’ve put myself, my staff, and many doctors that I know, on hydroxychloroquine for prevention, because by the very mechanism of action, it works early and as a prophylactic. We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients every day. We give them breathing treatments, we only wear a surgical mask. None of us have gotten sick. It works.
I came here to Washington, D.C. to say: America, nobody needs to die.
In addition to her medical practice, Immanuel runs Fire Power Deliverance Ministries, which promises “deliverance from family line witchcraft.”
An ER doctor from Arizona, who has tried hydroxychloroquine, slammed Immanuel’s claims on Twitter:
GTFOH, this is bullshit. I’m an ER doc that treated #COVID— Cleavon Gilman, MD🌵 (@Cleavon_MD) July 28, 2020
in NYC & AZ. We gave #hydroxychloroquine and it didn’t work. Same with Azithromycin. Does this “Dr” even treat CRITICAL hypoxic patients? Or just healthy patients walking in her office. Disgusting!pic.twitter.com/DHiPcG2HlN
#hydroxychloroquine does not work for COVID, whether it’s mild or severe. That’s already been proven. There is no benefit to taking it, however there is harm in taking it. We already learned all this in March.— Cleavon Gilman, MD🌵 (@Cleavon_MD) July 28, 2020