President Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection
We’ve been writing about hydroxychloroquine for at least three months. We’ve also received backlash immediately after President Trump touted the drug as a potential game-changer in March. Now for the first time, President Trump announces that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hyrdoxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus. Hyrdoxychloroquine has been used since World War II to treat and suppress malaria.
President Trump said on Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection. “I happen to be taking it,” President Trump said during a roundtable event. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it.”
He added: “I’m taking it, hydroxychlororquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
As we mentioned several times on this site, many doctors and coronavirus patients have credited the malaria drug for saving their lives. Most of these claims are based on anecdotal evidence not randomized clinical trial. Hydroxychloroquine came into limelight after a French study by Prof. Didier Raoult showed the drug to have encouraging results in the treatment of coronavirus on 36 COVID-19 patients.