Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump has told reporters that he started taking the malaria and lupus medication hydroxychloroquine recently as a treatment for COVID-19, even though the treatment has been widely unproven.
In a surprise announcement, he said that he’s been taking it for about a week and a half, and “he’s still here”.
We must note that there is NO evidence that hydroxychloroquine can fight the novel coronavirus, and, on the contrary, it has been warned that it may cause heart problems.
Trump said, though, that a lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy, and we’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers – “before you catch it”.
The 73-year-old said that even though he doesn’t believe that he was exposed to the virus, he decided to take the medication after he consulted with the White House physician.
It was confirmed by Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, that he discussed the medication with the President.
This is what Conley wrote in a statement:
“After numerous discussions he and I had for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks,”
It was further confirmed by White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farrah that Conley prescribed the medication to President Trump, and he took it.
Additionally, the President has been receiving regular COVID-19 testing, and he continues to test negative.
NBC News reports that a White House official stated that Trump’s decision to take the medication came after his valet tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.
It remains unknown whether Vice President Mike Pence has also been taking hydroxychloroquine, especially after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.
We must note yet again that the FDA has warned multiple times AGAINST using the medication for COVID-19 outside of hospital settings because of a risk of serious heart problems, and there are no approved treatments for COVID-19 as of yet.