Trump during coronavirus roundtable

Trump Claims He’s Been Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Prevent COVID-19

Donald Trump managed to surprised people today by making an even wilder claim than usual: At a press conference on the current state of the coronavirus pandemic, the president claimed to be  taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which he has repeatedly touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 in spite of tests which have suggested it does more harm than good.

During one of his frequent confusing rants, Trump began talking about “this other guy with the hydroxychloroquine” and hinting something about Democrats and donations before claiming that many frontline healthcare workers are taking it. He then said that he had started taking it regularly himself “a couple weeks ago.”

“I happen to be taking it,” he said. “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.”

The drug has remained unproven as a treatment for COVID-19, let alone a preventative, and claims that healthcare workers are taking it to protect themselves from the coronavirus are also completely unproven.

It also seems unlikely that the president is taking hydroxychloroquine due to the fact that it can cause heart rhythm problems. Those who take it for its approved uses, to fight malaria and help with autoimmune disorders such as lupus, are kept under careful monitoring for this dangerous side effect.

In spite of these risks, Trump thinks taking it is a good idea because it’s been around for a while.

“I’m not gonna get hurt by it. It’s been around for 40 years,” he said. “For malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Front-line workers take it. A lot of doctors take it — excuse me, a lot of doctors take it.”

Trump went on to claim that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine daily and say that if you do the same “you’re not going to get sick or die.”

A recent trial in Brazil had to be halted when a test subject taking the drug that hydroxychloroquine is derived from for coronavirus died from the heart issues it caused.

The president’s claim came as such a surprise that even Fox News host Neil Cavuto urged viewers not to take the drug as a preventative treatment.

People seem pretty skeptical that the president is taking a drug for an off-label purpose when it can cause such dangerous side effects.

Please do not take hydroxychloroquine unless it’s prescribed to you by a doctor for an FDA-approved purpose.