There is no evidence showing zinc can combat COVID-19, Dr. Vin Gupta says
We’ve received a lot of criticisms for being one sided because of our coverage of hydroxychloroquine as a promising drug for the treatment of coronavirus. To provide a fair and balanced coverage on the topic, we would like to share the findings of an Harvard-trained lung specialist, Dr. Vin Gupta.
Dr. Gupta has spent the past 15 years working worldwide to improve public health for organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the World Health Organization, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement.
In an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, Dr. Vin Gupta said: “There’s no evidence I’ve seen in the literature suggesting zinc in addition to hydroxychloroquine would be helpful,” said Gupta, referring to an anti-malaria drug that Trump has repeatedly promoted during briefings and on Twitter. MSNBC cut in to the president’s briefing to get a response from Gupta, who said he found Trump’s comments about zinc “mystifying.”
As you could probably guess, Dr. Gupta’s comment was met with opposing views on Twitter with one user saying this: “Well there is plenty of literature perhaps he should read some. then come back to us. HCQ allows Zinc to enter the Coronavirus Cell and effect the RNA.”
Well there is plenty of literature perhaps he should read some. then come back to us. HCQ allows Zinc to enter the Coronavirus Cell and effect the RNA. https://t.co/4rUe7dKJYJhttps://t.co/g0p0u2I0Zwhttps://t.co/mgyh4vIHEU
— Purveyor of Malarkey (@TonyClevenger) April 8, 2020