Tthese are strange moments. “Of all the things I thought we would discuss”, Time Science editor Tom Whipple said this week, “I didn’t think it would be malaria medication. “
The drug in question is hydroxychloroquine, usually prescribed as a platenil. It was developed to be used against malaria and also helps fight against certain autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. But right now, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, it became a symbol of something else entirely. He went from medicine to weapon in cultural wars, and that is not a good thing.
Last week, this newspaper reported in France how distrust of the government has led to a proliferation of conspiracy theories against coronaviruses and