The tech world is buzzing about Chloroquine (an common, existing Malaria drug) being a potential treatment for the virus
It appears now that Hydrochloroquine is now facing shortages, and some state pharmacy boards are now limiting the prescriptions.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-of-potential-coronavirus-drugs-idUSKBN2190XCNEW YORK (Reuters) - At least four state pharmacy boards have taken steps to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus treatments touted by U.S. President Donald Trump that are in short supply as demand has surged with the rapid spread of the outbreak.
State pharmacy boards in Texas, Ohio, Idaho and Nevada in recent days moved to restrict who can be prescribed the malaria treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and how much of the drugs can be prescribed, according to documents filed by the boards. Texas has also limited prescriptions of the antibiotic azithromycin as well as another anti-malarial drug, mefloquine.
There are currently no approved treatments or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones, but most current patients receive only supportive care such as breathing assistance.
The drug still hasn't been thoroughly tested, but the state of New York just acquired 70,000 doses and will implement drug trials starting tomorrow at some of their new temporary hospital sites. It's good news that we're going to start getting a lot of data on this possible treatment.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/vi...oing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-acceptsNew York State is Ready for Army Corps to Start Construction at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Westbury, Westchester County Center and Jacob K. Javits Center
Announces FEMA Will Erect Federal Hospitals within Javits Center - Four 250-Bed Fully-Equipped and Fully-Staffed Facilities
Announces State Has Leased 600-Bed Capacity Nursing Home Facility in Brooklyn to Convert into Temporary Hospital
Calls on Federal Government to Immediately Implement Defense Production Act — Nationalize Medical Supply Chain
Calls on Federal Government to Prioritize Sending Stimulus Funding to Individuals, State and Local Governments and Businesses - Taxpayers Must Share in Success of Corporations
Acquires 70,000 Doses of Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 Doses of Chloroquine to Implement Drug Trials - Trials Will Start Tuesday
Urges FDA to Immediately Approve Serological Testing for COVID-19 Antibodies
So while it is technically true that the government is putting Americans in FEMA camps and experimenting with drugs... these are well known, safe drugs that have been successful in treating things like Malaria, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, being given to sick people in need.