And it can be reversed by the same medication that has become unnecessarily politicized by the media and the Democratic Party over the past several months.
Earlier this month, a large peer-reviewed study found that hydroxychloroquine cut the mortality rate of COVID-19 by more than half and, contrary to previous claims by faulty studies, had no adverse effects on the heart.
For months the media has ignored both scientific and anecdotal evidence of the drug's efficacy in treating COVID-19.
The war on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine began almost immediately after Trump touted it as a potential gamechanger in the fight against the disease.
Trump was accused of "practicing medicine without a license" simply for pointing out that the drug showed promise in some small studies.
The New York Times even alleged that Trump's motivation for touting the drug was self-serving because he holds "a small personal financial interest" in Sanofi, even though the drug is out of patent (any pharmaceutical company can manufacture it) and he only owned $29 - $435 in stock as part of a mutual fund.
Because the media and the Democratic Party wanted to use the pandemic to thwart Trump's reelection, any positive news had to be buried.
The media gave lots of coverage to studies that associated hydroxychloroquine with a higher mortality rate.
In April, the results of a U.S. Veterans Health Administration study on the benefits of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 were released.
The study analyzed the impact of hydroxychloroquine with and without the antibiotic azithromycin and compared that to COVID-19 patients receiving standard care.
The VA study found there were "more deaths" among those given hydroxychloroquine than those who just received standard care.
However, the VA study wasn't a clinical trial, but a small, non-peer-reviewed study of patients who were not representative of the entire population, and those with more severe COVID-19 cases were disproportionally administered the drug.
The media was so focused on how they could use the pandemic to undermine Trump's chances of reelection that they rushed to downplay any sign of hope, which may have prevented the drug from being used to save lives.
Anti-hydroxychloroquine hysteria by the media made finding volunteers for studies difficult.
Meanwhile, evidence of the drug's effectiveness was conveniently and repeatedly ignored. The media ignored a survey of doctors back in May that found an overwhelming majority of them,
The media ignored other success stories of coronavirus patients who recovered after being treated with the drug.
For example, in April, a Democrat lawmaker in Detroit, Mich., credited the drug and President Trump with saving her life.
State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who tested positive for COVID-19 in March, had been aware of "the wonders" of hydroxychloroquine after a previous Lyme disease affliction, but would never have thought to ask for a prescription for it to treat the coronavirus had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
Whitsett took the drug in combination with antibiotics and made a full recovery.
Other coronavirus patients have reported dramatic recoveries after taking the drug.
Dr. Risch is very much aware of the reasons why hydroxychloroquine has been "disregarded."
Risch believes the scientific community will look back on the hydroxychloroquine controversy poorly.
That's a nice way of saying the Democrats and the media, by politicizing the drug, are responsible for countless unnecessary deaths.
President Trump had the answer to defeating COVID-19 months ago.
The Democratic Party and the media didn't want it to be true and did everything they could to scare the public about the drug, letting thousands of people die just to help Joe Biden win the election...