President Trump announced Monday that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine


President Trump said that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine along with zinc as preventative measures against the coronavirus, according to CBS News. He made the statement on Monday, saying “I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy and I say, hey, you know the expression I’ve used … what do you have to lose?” Mr. Trump says he has been taking the pill every day for about a week and a half, and “I’m still here.” White House doctor Sean P. Conley said in a statement that after numerous discussions about the drug, he concluded that “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” He also said that he will continue to monitor studies into COVID-19 treatments. Although a white house staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus, Mr. Trump, who is regularly tested, has tested negative. When asked if a White House doctor had recommended that he take the drug, the president said “I asked him, ‘Well, what do you think?’ And he said, ‘Well, if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it.'” ~

The FDA warns against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems, according to the FDA website. Medrxiv.org says that studies have indicated that chloroquine (CQ) shows antagonism against COVID-19 in vitro. WebMD.com claims that laboratory tests of the drug against COVID-19 yielded promising results, but mounting evidence from clinical and observational studies suggest that it doesn’t provide any meaningful benefits for COVID-19 patients. The president claims that the studies showing negative results are fabricated to make him look bad. “If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape,” Trump said. “They were very old. Almost dead. It was a Trump enemy statement.” ~

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