Trump noted that he has tested negative for the virus and shows no symptoms, saying he had taken the drug as a preventative measure “for about a week and a half.”
“I take a pill every day,” he said, adding that he combines this with zinc.
When asked why he said, “Because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
Trump has shown interest for weeks in promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, though some doctors believe it won’t work for coronavirus patients, and US government officials warn it “has not been proven safe.”
Trump’s latest remarks came out of the blue, immediately catching headlines on a day when US deaths as a result of COVID-19 topped 90,000 people – almost a third of the total world tax.
“You’ll be surprised at how many people take it, especially the frontline workers, before you catch it. The frontline workers – many, many take it. I happen to take it,” he misses reporters attending a White House meeting House devoted to the struggling restaurant industry.
“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yes. A couple of weeks ago I started taking it,” he said.
Trump has often replayed the dangers of coronavirus, including last week, when he said it only threatened a small number of people. He also openly refuses to wear a mask despite federal recommendations on it and the fact that most of his employees have taken cover to cover their faces in public.
A personal servant to Trump has tested positive for coronavirus, as has Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary.
– ‘Inexcusable’ – Trump said his use of the drug was approved by the White House, a doctor, Sean Conley. However, Trump insisted that he did not take the first step.
“I asked him,” What do you think? “I said, ‘If you liked it.’ I said ‘yes, I liked it.’ “
Conley later issued a statement saying he had accepted Trump using the antiviral drug “after several discussions” between them about the pros and cons.
“We concluded that the potential benefit of treatment outweighs the relative risk,” Conley said in a White House statement.
Trump said he has received many “positive calls” from people he did not identify and told him about the malaria drug. I’ve cited a letter he had received from a New York doctor, also unidentified, who reported giving the medication to hundreds of patients and “I haven’t lost one.”
In contrast, the government’s Food and Drug Administration warns against giving hydroxychloroquine for either prevention or treatment of coronaviruses, noting reported side effects, including “serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19.” Only emergency use is permitted according to temporary rules.
Earlier this month, a New York medical paper suggested combining hydroxychloroquine with dietary supplements Zinc sulfate, which has antiviral properties, could create a more effective treatment against coronavirus.
But Matthew Heinz, an Arizona physician who served under Barack Obama’s government, said drugs like hydroxychloroquine are not “benign” and open to unregulated use.
“I can’t stress enough how ruthless it is to encourage someone to take hydroxychloroquine or some other unproven drug,” he said in a statement.
Trump signaled, as he has throughout the crisis, that there was nothing to lose by trying out possible treatments.
“It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t, but if it doesn’t, you won’t get sick or die,” Trump said. “I take a pill every day. At some point I want to stop.”
The president again said Monday that he was showing “zero symptoms.”
“Every couple of days they will try me, you understand for obvious reasons. I mean, I am president, so they will test me. I will not be tested, but they will test me,” he said. “I’ve always shown negatively.”
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