By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, President Trump as he appeared in a recent broadcast by The Independent.
United States President Donald Trump has stated that he is actively using hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent coronavirus symptoms. This was reported by both Fox News and CNBC within the last 24 hours. President Trump made this revelation to reporters on Monday in the White House’s State Dining Room.
“I’m taking it – hydroxychloroquine. I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories. And, if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right, I’m not going to get hurt by it,” said Trump as quoted by Fox News.
President Trump also told Fox News reporters that he had consulted the White House physician Dr. Sean Conley before the drug was administered.
Hydroxychloroquine is commonly used in the treatment of malaria. President Trump has been rather insistent that it is a possible treatment for coronavirus. However, the use of the drug for coronavirus is a subject of debate. CNBC called it an “unproven” treatment. CNBC also reported that a small study in Brazil halted its use for coronavirus patients. This was after chloroquine, which hydroxychloroquine derives from, was proven to cause arrhythmia in some coronavirus patients. This fact was observed in some patients who also died from the virus.
“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,” said Trump, as he was quoted by CNBC.
CNBC likewise reported that the president is taking zinc and azithromycin in the form of a ZPak. Azithromycin is classified as an antibiotic. WebMD states that the drug is commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is not believed to work for viral infections. You should speak with your physician before using azithromycin to prevent contracting the virus. Dosage is subject to medical condition and various factors may alter it. It is typically administered orally in 200-500mg dosages, or combined with some other substance such as with President Trump’s ZPak.
“After numerous discussions he and I had about regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks,” said Trump, as he was further quoted by Fox News.
CBS went further to point out that the FDA has warned against the continued use of this drug outside of hospital administration. It is therefore not advised that a person should use anti-malarial products or supplements without first consulting a physician.
As for Dr. Conley’s recommendations, CBS confirmed the nature of that conversation in President Trump’s own words.
“I asked him, ‘Well, what do you think?’ And he said, ‘Well, if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it,” said Trump on Monday, as quoted by CBS.
In reference to the FDA warnings regarding the drug, President Trump seemed altogether undisturbed.
“I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy and I say, hey, you know the expression I’ve used … what do you have to lose?” said Trump, as further quoted by CBS.
President Trump’s decision to take hydroxychloroquine has been met with a good amount of political criticism. Twitter trended hashtags #Hydroxycut and #morbidlyobese following. This occurred after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made comments during her Monday appearance on CNN with host Anderson Cooper that Trump should not be experimenting with drugs at his age, and in his weight category of “morbidly obese.” This was reported by Business Insider within the past few hours. The hashtag “Hydroxycut” therefore is trending because Hydroxycut is a drug used in weight management regimens.