New Delhi: A video of a doctor from Houston in the US arguing for the use of hydroxychloroquine or HCQ to cure the novel coronavirus and dismissing the importance of masks and lockdowns as “unnecessary” has gone viral, with US President Donald Trump retweeting it.
“Nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure — it is called hydroxychloroquine,” Stella Immanuel said in the video that garnered millions of views on Facebook Monday alone.
While the anti-malaria drug HCQ was a contender as a cure for Covid-19 due to its antiviral properties in the early days of the pandemic, it’s effectiveness has since been rubbished by scientists with many clinical trials finding no benefit and “leading national health authorities have moved to restrict its use because of potential cardiac harm”.
However, Immanuel stated that she had successfully treated 350 patients, with pre-existing conditions, with hydroxychloroquine, adding that it was “so potent it made mask-wearing and lockdowns unnecessary”.
The clip was shared by President Trump and described by his son Donald Trump Jr as a “must watch”.
When asked about the same by a reporter, the President said, “I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
Immanuel’s video has now been removed from Facebook and YouTube.
Addressing Facebook, she tweeted Tuesday, “You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name (sic).”
Her other bizarre claims
Immanuel made the staggering claims on HCQ at the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington at the ‘White Coat Summit’ where a handful of doctors, who call themselves ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ and dispute the medical consensus on the pandemic, came together.
— Stella Immanuel MD (@stella_immanuel) July 29, 2020
The website of ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ was registered just 11 days ago and has already been taken down, and is now available only “via an archived website viewer”.
An AFP report noted: “Stella Immanuel’s viral speech has drawn attention to a little-known group calling themselves ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ who appear to exist to promote the common anti-malarial drug in the fight against Covid-19.”
Immanuel has a history of making bizarre claims. She had earlier blamed gynecological problems on sex with evil spirits and said the US government is being run by “reptilians”, according to the report.
She had also claimed that cysts, infertility, and impotence are caused by sex with “spirit husbands” and “spirit wives”.
“They are responsible for serious gynecological problems,” Immanuel had said. “We call them all kinds of names — endometriosis, we call them molar pregnancies, we call them fibroids, we call them cysts, but most of them are evil deposits from the spirit husband,” Immanuel had said in 2013.
She even claimed that DNA of aliens is used in medical treatments.
Immanuel further said that ailments such as fibroid tumors and cysts are caused by “demonic sperm after demon dream sex”, which she claimed affects “many women”.
Born in 1965, Immanuel received her education from the University of Calabar in Nigeria. The website of the Texas Medical Board confirms that she holds a valid physician’s licence, the AFP report stated.
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