Desperate for Covid Care, Undocumented Immigrants Resort to Unproven Drugs

Post Date: 
2021-06-21
Source: 
New York Times

Alternative therapies can also limit a patient’s treatment options because doctors worry about toxic drug interactions, said Dr. Kathleen Page, an infectious-disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America who have gone to the emergency room at her hospital often mention home remedies, vitamins or antibiotics they have injected or ingested before seeking care. “I’m not upset at patients when they tell me what they’ve taken,” Dr. Page said. “I’m upset about the system that makes it easier for them to get help from nontraditional places than from regular health care.”