2 Things:Why would I beg for hydrochloroquine? It's not a miracle drug and some reports are coming out that it isn't effective in those with serious cases. I'd have consulted with pulmonologists and called in favors with old grad school friends who went to work at the CDC. Telemedicine loopholes and ordering from foreign countries like India, where we get most of this drug, are ways to get it. The same day that Trump mentioned this drug, there was a person in this forum that posted a link to get it at the same kind of vanity clinic that you can get viagra pills from online. And how many people here get "research chemicals" and other illegal crap online? So you're really going to pretend that the only way is somehow guarded by physicians?
And fine, say the only way is to go to physicians. Like I've already stated, most people see community docs and they're going to get tired of turning people down, so it's not going to be difficult to get that way. Plus, a patient shouldn't be coming in and asking for a treatment before a physician has had a chance to make a diagnosis.
1. Personal responsibility
2. Personal responsibility
Trump only said it might be useful and he's right- it might. If you go on twitter right now, you will see many docs tweeting that it helped. Proof? No. Interesting? Yes. That's all I am saying. Now, again, If a shmuck gets it, takes way too much, and meets his maker, that's on him.
Also, you might be overestimating how easy it is to get this drug. I really don't know what the situation is on the ground in America, but I can't imagine it's as easy as you are making it sound. I am in India and I don't have it. You can't get it without a prescription. Online, I imagine you will have to go to the deep web, and even if not, you will be dealing with an illegal organisation. That's doable, but it's not as easy or straightforward as people are making it sound. AND, IF somebody is going to that trouble? Then it's squarely on them. The system did it's best- Made it illegal to procure on your own, and we all know there will always be loopholes and people will exploit them, but don't blame the system for that. I can get DNP if I really really wanted to. BUT the system has done it's job and made it hard to find. They just couldn't eradicate it. I think we are really talking in circles here. At the end of the day. Nothing bad happened and let's just leave it at that. If I get it, I want to try it. So that I can potentially get well in the shortest time possible. In case it works.