SANTA CRUZ, California – I have been interested in treatments for COVID-19 since my brother sent me a treatment involving hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin. When I heard that a doctor in Texas, near my hometown, was treating patients at a nursing home, which was on Logan Street, I had to learn more. Here are the notes I took from an interview that Dr. Robin Armstrong had with Joe Piscopo on April 13.
JP: Are older folks affected most?
RA: Yes, they are more predisposed to COVID-19, just as with other similar illnesses.
JP: Does this virus keep circulating in a closed area?
RA: Yes, this virus is transmitted very easily with RO of 2-3. It can live on surfaces up to 48 hours. That’s why this virus is different. It’s also different because people shed the virus while they are asymptomatic.
Susan, 68yo: If symptomatic, do I ask for a drug from the beginning, or wait until breathing problems occur.
RA: We really don’t know. In our nursing home, we wait until someone becomes symptomatic. The majority of people have mild symptoms and get over this. In India, they are taking it prophylactically now. I’m not recommending that yet here.
JP: Hydroxychloroquine usage in India? The deaths there are much less.
RA: A friend of mine in India says people there are taking hydroxychloroquine prophylactically. Patients having mild symptoms are improving. Our study is suggestive that it works as well. Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin together are effective at moderating mild symptoms.
JP: What about platelets?
RA: You can harvest blood plasma with anti-covid-19 antibodies and some people have had success with that. This is for very ill hospital patients. My goal is to keep people out of the hospital.
JP: [Asked about politics]
RA: I’m on the Republican national committee now and that’s why some in the mainstream media has been attacking me regarding this treatment.
JP: What is the agenda of the mainstream media in attacking this?
RA: Their entire focus is on defeating Trump and anything that brings him down, that’s what they are aiming for. I treated my patients based on the studies out of China and France – not because Trump suggested it.
RA: We have an ample supply of it – Bayer is the maker of it – it shows promise and we should be prescribing it for people.
JP: Texas will open soon I hear?
RA: I’m sure hoping so. Texas has not been as hard hit as New York City. We are more spread out and rural, so it’s harder for the virus to jump from person to person. We need to listen to the scientists and do it in a wise manner.