United States President Donald Trump has revealed that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine daily for more than a week, because he has heard “many good things” about its effect against COVID-19, but has insisted that he has “zero symptoms.” of the illness.
“I am taking it, hydroxychloroquine. I started taking it a couple of weeks ago. It is not going to harm me,” Trump told reporters at the end of an event at the White House with representatives of the restoration sector. “I take one pill every day, at some point I will stop,” he added, after clarifying that he was referring to both hydroxychloroquine and zinc.
The president explained that he started taking it because he wanted to, and because he heard “good things” about the disease and asked his doctor at the White House what he thought, and he said that “if he wanted to” he could prescribe it: “It seems to have an impact And if you don’t have it, you’re not going to get sick and die (…) I’ve been taking it for a week and a half and I’m still here. “
For more than a month, Trump has been extolling the virtues of hydroxychloroquine, a medicine used against malaria, lupus, or severe arthritis, which has been prescribed for many COVID-19 patients around the world, but which still forms part of clinical trials. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in late April against using hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital or clinical trial, for the risk of developing cardiac arrhythmias.
Furthermore, there is insufficient evidence that hydroxychloroquine works to prevent COVID-19, according to a study published in late April in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.
Trump’s insistence on promoting hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus has created tensions in his government and they have caused difficulties among arthritis or lupus patients to obtain it. In March, a coronavirus patient died in Arizona after ingesting a version of that chemical that was not designed for human consumption, but to clean aquariums.