Surgeon General Immediately Warns Viewers Against Trying Malaria Drug Treatment For Coronavirus After Dr. Oz Tells Fox Viewers He's Testing It - 2020-03-23
TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz touted a "game-changer" drug combination as a potential "treatment" for the coronavirus Monday on Fox & Friends, and less than an hour later on the program, the U.S. Surgeon General warned viewers against seeking dubious remedies.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams appeared on the Fox News morning show after Oz did, and criticized co-host Steve Doocy and the daytime TV doctor for promoting coronavirus "treatments" that are clinically untested in the United States. Earlier in the program, Oz, who is also a Columbia University professor, gushed over a French doctor's recent tests that used a malaria treatment, a hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin combination, in hopes of finding a coronavirus treatment. Adams warned Doocy and Fox News viewers to stop talking about pursuing treatments and vaccines and to start talking about halting the current spread of COVID-19.
Fox & Friends co-host Doocy asked the Surgeon General Monday: "We had Dr. Oz on at the top of this hour and what he talked about was how promising he thinks a malaria drug—when used in concert with Z-pack—how a French doctor treated 36 people and their viral level all went from 100 down to zero in just five or six days. He said his biggest problem right now, and he's starting his own clinical trials right now at Columbia, he worries that we don't have enough pills yet in this country if that works."