U.S. group bombards doctors with coronavirus petition to cut 'red tape'
Dr. Eric Anderson had just finished vacuuming his New Hampshire home early on Wednesday when the phone in his pocket buzzed with an unusual text message.
The message - part of a barrage of texts sent to doctors across the nation - urged him to sign a petition in support of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump as a potential miracle cure for COVID-19, the contagious and sometimes deadly respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. “Tell Trump to CUT RED TAPE & make hydroxychloroquine available to you and your patients,” the message said.
Despite Trump’s claims that hydroxychloroquine could be among “the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine,” the decades-old drug has no proven effect on COVID-19. Anderson said he responded to the text with the words “You’re idiots” and deleted the message. 27 March 2020