Trump pushes malaria drug again despite lack of scientific proof that it works against coronavirus.
President Donald Trump again promotes the use of hydroxychloroquine, a Malaria drug, to combat the coronavirus even though the drug hasn’t undergone clinical trials to treat COVID-19.
When a reporter asked the U.S. top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci what he thinks about the drug’s use as a coronavirus treatment, Trump stepped in and did not let Fauci answer the question.
Without evidence, Trump says the drugs can be used to prevent infection
For doctors, nurses and first responders, Trump suggested the drugs could be taken as a preventative. “They say taking it before the fact is good, but what do you have to lose?”Experts do not suggest taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive for Covid-19 because there is no evidence yet to suggest it protects against contracting the virus.”They say take it,” said Trump, without citing any experts or sources. “I’m not looking at it one way or the other, but we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn’t do it early. But we have some very good signs.”Trump said people would have to go through medical professionals to get approval, “but I’ve seen things that I sort of like. So, what do I know, I’m not a doctor. I’m not a doctor. But I have common sense.”
The President said, “I see people are going to die without it,” so “what really do we have to lose.” He added, “I am saying to do what you want.”When pressed by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond on why the President is not letting the science speak for itself, the President said that hydroxychloroquine “may not work and in which case, hey, it didn’t work, and it may work,” but he said he does not want to wait a “year and a half” to find out.One reporter asked whether doctors and hospitals would be free from blame if hydroxychloroquine does not help coronavirus patients. Trump said that the drug can “help them, but it’s not going to hurt them.”Experts say the drug, while generally considered to be safe, can come with side effects — including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and skin rashes.
When the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was at the podium, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond tried to ask him to weigh in on hydroxychloroquine — but the President jumped in and refused to let Fauci answer.On Saturday, Trump also made comments touting the drug as a preventative for coronavirus. He said that lupus patients — who are often treated with hydroxychloroquine — seem less likely to contract Covid-19, and that “there’s a rumor out there” and “there’s a study out.””Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. Why don’t you investigate that?” Trump asked.At the briefing, though, Fauci said, “We don’t have any definitive information to be able to make any comment.” He also said the relationship between lupus and Covid-19 is currently under investigation.