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MSNBC 7 Apr 2020

Why Antibody Tests Will Be Crucial To Help Fight Coronavirus

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Dr. Amesh Adalja joins to explain why antibody tests will be help so much in the fight against coronavirus, and why there are problems to Trump pushing hydroxychloroquine to treat all COVID-19 patients. Aired on 04/07/2020.


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BASE, TO HIS POLITICAL SUPPORTERS, TO SAY DON’T FAULT
SUPPORTERS, TO SAY DON’T FAULT ME.
ME. FAULT THESE OTHER GUYS.
FAULT THESE OTHER GUYS. >> HEY, DOCTOR, THE PRESIDENT
>> HEY, DOCTOR, THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO PUSH THIS MALARIA
CONTINUES TO PUSH THIS MALARIA MEDICINE, COULDN’T HAVE BEEN
MEDICINE, COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE DIRECT TODAY.
MORE DIRECT TODAY. HE SAID PEOPLE SHOULD JUST TAKE
HE SAID PEOPLE SHOULD JUST TAKE IT.
IT. WHAT DO YOU SAY, AND CAN YOU
WHAT DO YOU SAY, AND CAN YOU FILL OUR AUDIENCE IN ON
FILL OUR AUDIENCE IN ON SOMETHING WE’RE HEARING MORE
SOMETHING WE’RE HEARING MORE ABOUT?
ABOUT? IT’S THESE ANTICIPATE BODYBODY T
IT’S THESE ANTICIPATE BODYBODY T >> SURE.
>> SURE. WHEN IT COMES TO
WHEN IT COMES TO HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVERYBODY
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVERYBODY SHOULDN’T JUST TAKE IT.
SHOULDN’T JUST TAKE IT. THIS IS A DRUG THAT NEEDS TO BE
THIS IS A DRUG THAT NEEDS TO BE STUDIED IN A RANDOMIZED
STUDIED IN A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO KNOW WHETHER
CONTROLLED TRIAL TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT IT WORKS, WHO IT WORKS
OR NOT IT WORKS, WHO IT WORKS ON, WHAT THE DOSE IS, WHAT THE
ON, WHAT THE DOSE IS, WHAT THE SIDE EFFECT PROFILE IS.
SIDE EFFECT PROFILE IS. IT’S TRUE THIS IS A DRUG THAT’S
IT’S TRUE THIS IS A DRUG THAT’S APPROVED AND HAVE BEEN GIVEN
APPROVED AND HAVE BEEN GIVEN TOLETSTO
TOLETSTO LOTS OF PATIENTS WITH LUPUS BUT
LOTS OF PATIENTS WITH LUPUS BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE USING
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE USING IT CORRECTLY.
IT CORRECTLY. I’VE PRESCRIBED IT TO PATIENTS
I’VE PRESCRIBED IT TO PATIENTS THAT ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH
THAT ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA WITH CORONAVIRUS.
PNEUMONIA WITH CORONAVIRUS. BUT I’M DOING IT ACCORDING TO A
BUT I’M DOING IT ACCORDING TO A PROTOCOL.
PROTOCOL. AT THE SAME TIME, I REALLY WANT
AT THE SAME TIME, I REALLY WANT A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO
A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO HELP US.
HELP US. I DON’T THINK IT’S THE RIGHT
I DON’T THINK IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO TELL PEOPLE TO GO OUT
THING TO TELL PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND GET IT AND CREATE AN
AND GET IT AND CREATE AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR SOMETHING
INCREASED DEMAND FOR SOMETHING THAT ISN’T QUITE PROVEN.
THAT ISN’T QUITE PROVEN. IT SHOULD BE GIVEN IN A
IT SHOULD BE GIVEN IN A CONTROLLED SETTING.
CONTROLLED SETTING. ANTIBODY TESTS ARE A REALLY
ANTIBODY TESTS ARE A REALLY IMPORTANT TOOL THAT WE WILL HAVE
IMPORTANT TOOL THAT WE WILL HAVE START TO COME ONLINE.
START TO COME ONLINE. WHAT THAT WILL DO IS TELL US IF
WHAT THAT WILL DO IS TELL US IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO THIS
SOMEONE HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO THIS VIRUS.
VIRUS. THAT WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND
THAT WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS HAS SPREAD AND SOME
WHERE THIS HAS SPREAD AND SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL LIKELY BE
OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL LIKELY BE IMMUNE FROM INFECTION, MEANING
IMMUNE FROM INFECTION, MEANING THAT THEY CAN GO ABOUT THEIR
THAT THEY CAN GO ABOUT THEIR LIVES.
LIVES. THEY CAN BE THE ONES THAT ARE
THEY CAN BE THE ONES THAT ARE WORKING AGAIN.
WORKING AGAIN. THEY CAN HELP BRING THE ECONOMY
THEY CAN HELP BRING THE ECONOMY BACK TO LIFE.

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