Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it’s an unproven treatment

Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it’s an unproven treatment
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President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine daily for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is not yet a proven treatment.

“I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. “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.”

He added: “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”

Trump also said that he is taking zinc, and that he has taken an initial dose of azithromycin, or Z-Pak.

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley released a memo Monday evening, which said that after discussing evidence for and against hydroxychloroquine with Trump, they concluded “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

Conley’s memo said that as previously reported, a member of Trump’s staff had tested positive for coronavirus. “The president is in very good health and has remained symptom-free. He receives regular COVID-19 testing, all negative to date,” Conley said.

Source: CNBC

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