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President Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine



  • President Donald Trump revealed for the first time publicly on Monday afternoon that he has been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine “every day” for a week and a half.
  • Researchers are studying whether hydroxychloroquine can treat people with the coronavirus or prevent them from catching it in the first place.
  • Trump had been pushing hard for the drug during the outset of the coronavirus crisis. 
  • The drug’s benefits have been questioned by experts, and the FDA has cautioned against taking it until trials show it to be safe.
  • “I just want to be open with the American public,” Trump said. “I think it’s good.”
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President Donald Trump said for the first time Monday that he has been regularly taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being studied to treat and prevent the coronavirus.

During a Q&A with reporters, Trump said he has taken a hydroxychloroquine pill “every day” for a week and a half.

“I take it,” he said. “I would’ve told you that three, four days ago, but we never had a chance because you never asked me the question.” 

The president added that he asked the White House doctor about the drug, who then administered him hydroxychloroquine.

Trump said every COVID-19 test he has taken have all shown up negative, but he takes the drug because he hears “very good things.”

“I was just waiting to see your eyes light up when I said this, when I announced this,” Trump added.

Researchers are studying hydroxychloroquine to see if the drug can help treat or prevent the coronavirus. But several recent studies have raised doubts about its effectiveness. 

The Food and Drug Administration has warned against using hydroxychloroquine “outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.” The National Institutes of Health has also advised that doctors use caution when prescribing it.

Trump countered the evidence against the drug’s dangers by touting anecdotal evidence. 

“Here we go, you ready?” Trump said. “Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it. The only negative I’ve heard was the study where they gave it — was it the VA? — with people that aren’t big Trump fans … and the results of the report — it was very unscientific, by the way — but I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy. And I use the expression … what do you have to lose?”

Trump ended the Q&A after speaking about taking the antimalarial drug in addition to zinc, citing a letter he received from a doctor in Westchester, New York, as evidence for its efficacy.

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