Trump Says He’s Taking Anti-Malaria Drug Hydroxychloroquine
President Donald Trump said he is currently taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has promoted as a treatment to combat coronavirus infection.
Trump said Monday at the White House that he’s been taking the drug for more than a week. Medical experts have cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine as the benefits against coronavirus were unproven and the treatment can carry significant negative health side effects.
The Food and Drug Administration on April 24 cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, outside of a hospital setting or clinical trial, citing a risk of heart rhythm problems.
Trump said he began the treatment about a week and a half ago. That course would have followed revelations that an official in the White House had tested positive for the virus.
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