President Trump said today he is taking hydroxychloroquine after asking the White House doctor if he could take it.
“A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” Trump said. He later said he’d been taking it every day for a week and a half.
Asked if the White House doctor recommended that, Trump responded, “no.”
“I asked him what do you think, he said, ‘Well if you’d like it,’” the President told reporters.
Trump said he hadn’t been exposed, he started taking the drug because he had heard from frontline responders who sent him letters saying they were taking it preventatively.
“Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it,” Trump said.
The President he said he doesn’t know if it works, but “if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick and die.”
“I’ve taken it for about a week and a half now, and I’m still here,” Trump said
More about this drug: Last week, CNN reported a new study —the largest of its kind —shows that hydroxychloroquine does not work against Covid-19 and could cause heart problems.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It follows a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that also showed the drug doesn't fight the virus.
Even before these reports were published, the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health issued warnings about using the drugs for coronavirus patients.
"The nail has virtually been put in the coffin of hydroxychloroquine," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and longtime adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.