US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, even though health officials have warned it may be unsafe.
Speaking at the White House, he told reporters he started taking malaria and lupus medication recently.”I’m taking it for about a week and a half now and I’m still here, I’m still here,” was his surprise announcement.
The president was hosting a meeting devoted to the struggling restaurant industry when he caught reporters unawares by revealing he was taking the drug.
“You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers, many, many are taking it,” he told reporters.
“I happen to be taking it.” Asked what was his evidence of hydroxychloroquine’s positive benefits, Mr. Trump said: “Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it,” he added
“I’ve heard a lot of good stories about hydroxychloroquine and if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right I’m not going to get hurt by it.”
Though some people in the White House have tested positive for coronavirus, the president said again on Monday he had “zero symptoms” and was being tested frequently.
He added that he has been taking a daily zinc supplement and received a single dose of azithromycin, an antibiotic meant to prevent infection.
When asked whether the White House physician had recommended he start taking the disputed remedy, Mr. Trump said he himself had requested it.
Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president, said in a statement issued through the White House after Trump’s revelation that the US President was in “very good health” and “symptom-free”.
The US Navy officer added: “After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”