U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he had taken a malaria drug as protection against Covid-19 for “a couple of weeks” despite warnings from his administration that it was dangerous
Trump said he took hydroxychloroquine, a drug approved for malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned since April that the drug should not be used for this purpose as it can cause irregular heartbeats and other heart injuries. The drug is not approved for coronavirus treatment. Moreover, according to official data, Trump has not been diagnosed with diseases. “You’d be surprised how many people take it… Front workers, many people take it,” Trump said. – I take it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now you are. A couple weeks ago, I started taking it. Since I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories… I take pills every day.” Dr. Trump Sean Conley said that after “many discussions with the president,” “for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we have come to the conclusion that the potential benefits of treatment outweigh the relative risks. Earlier, Trump had approved the cleaners as a remedy against coronavirus, which was followed by a spike in appeals to toxicology centers across the country. According to a number of studies around the world, hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine is not very effective at preventing or treating Covid-19. The FDA warns against the use of any medication from Covid-19 outside a hospital or clinic “due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.