Trump on May 18 revealed that he was taking a drug to treat malaria to prevent the new strain of coronavirus, despite warnings about the side effects of the drug.
Speaking to the press, Mr. Trump said he had taken hydroxychloroquine and supplemented with zinc daily from “about a week and a half to now”.
Mr. Trump said his personal doctor did not prescribe this treatment but asked for it himself. “I use this drug because it thinks it works. I have heard many positive cases, ”AP quoted Mr. Trump.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month warned that hydroxychloroquine should not be used outside hospitals or research facilities due to its side effects, such as disruptive or even heartbeat can be fatal.
However, Mr. Trump ignored reports of side effects. “All I can say is that I’m fine up to this point,” he said.
Meanwhile, health experts fear people may misunderstand Trump’s actions and argue that hydroxychloroquine is safe.
“There is no evidence that this drug is effective for treating or preventing Covid-19. “The results so far have not been very promising,” said Dr. Patrice Harrí, president of the American Medical Association.
Dr. David Aronoff, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee) recommends that “people should not infer from Mr. Trump’s actions themselves, but that the drug has been approved in the treatment of Covid-19 ”.
At least two White House employees were tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.
Both are in close contact with Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The incident forced the vice president and several other officials to quarantine for a while.
Since that time, the White House has issued mandatory regulations for employees to wear masks when entering and leaving the West Wing.
President Trump, vice president and people who may have close contact with the two positive cases are tested daily.