After social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) removed a viral video showing doctors spreading unsubstantiated information about the novel coronavirus, many people have taken to various social media platform to react on Dr. Immanuel’s claims.
During the press conference, a speaker who identifies herself as a doctor makes a number of dubious claims, including that “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.”
The claims run contrary to multiple studies on the anti-malarial drug and advice from public health officials to prevent spread of the virus.
close dialog. A source who knows the lead speaker; Dr. Stella Immanuel took to Twitter to reveal more about the whole situation:
I don’t want to burst any bubble. But this very event was politically motivated to support Trump claims. There is no science in it. She lives in Louisiana and Houston but came to Washington DC for this speech. She even said no need for mask!!. This physician is a cameroonian who schooled at Unical Nigeria. She is also a pastor. I know her personally. She is a pediatrician and claims to be treating adults even 90yr olds. Its all American politics. Election is coming by Nov. this year. Trump needs to shore up his image after a dismal performance in the control of the pandemic.Shes being used. I work in the ER in Dallas, there’s is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine zithromax and zinc work. Many people have died while on these drugs. These are patients that I participated in their care. As it stands now, no known cure yet. Best thing is still prevention(mask, hand washing and Social distancing).
(ANOTHER COMMENT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSON) I know her she’s crazy about Trump coming back because her spirit told her. Lots of people died in her state let her come to Texas with her medication and cure sick COVID-19 patients. She wants a political post. She’s into protest for MAGA 😁😁in Louisiana.
Useful idiots can come in white coats. Clinical studies that are objectively designed with relevant samples of subjects and control can yield trusted conclusions about the efficacy of a drug or therapy. Ranting against a process of clinical trials that are ubiquitously accepted is a blazing red sign of the hideous agenda of this far right political stooge. She is an embarrassment to her profession and our nation. Please ignore her recommendation to trust your life to a therapy with questionable efficacy.
Meanwhile, social media giants have removed the viral load video which contains false coronavirus claims.
We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN, adding that the platform is “showing messages in News Feed to people who have reacted to, commented on or shared harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that we have removed, connecting them to myths debunked by the WHO.”
Twitter worked to scrub the video late Monday night after Trump shared versions of the video that amassed hundreds of thousands of views.
“We’re taking action in line with our Covid misinfo policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told CNN.
Twitter took action against the videos that Trump retweeted. By early Tuesday morning the videos were no longer able to be viewed on his account. Twitter also took action on a version of the video posted by Donald Trump Jr. and others shared by Breitbart News.
The video was also removed by YouTube, where it had been viewed more than 40,000 times. Users attempting to access the video late Monday were greeted with a message that said it had been removed for “violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
A Breitbart spokesperson did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
According to the website for America’s Frontline Doctors, the group is led by Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist who has previously been featured on Fox News for her views that stay-at-home orders are harmful. Gold told the Associated Press in May she wanted to speak out against stay-home orders because there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned” about Covid-19.
America’s Frontline Doctors could not be reached for comment late Monday.
As of Monday, the virus has caused nearly 150,000 US deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is on track to become a leading cause of death in the country.