Trump Taking Drug To Fight Off COVID-19, Despite Warnings

FDA says hydroxychloroquine should not be taken outside of a hospital setting. But Trump is taking it anyway.

Washington, D.C. (Monday, May 18, 2020) – President Donald Trump is setting aside scientific cautions and announced today he is taking to keep the coronavirus at bay.  Trump told reporters Monday he has been taking the drug for a couple of weeks and his doctor is aware of it.

Trump has been tested several times for COVID-19 and has tested negative.  Hydroxchloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, has been pushed for weeks by Trump against the cautionary advice of many of his own administration’s top medical professionals.  Experts have said the drug has the potential to cause significant side effects in some patients and has not been shown to combat the new coronavirus.

Trump said his doctor did not recommend the drug. But he started taking it.  Because I thinks it’s good.  I’ve heard a lot of good stories.  If it’s not good, I’ll tell you right.  I’m not gonna get hurt by it,” Trump said.

The Food and Drug Administration just last month issued a warning to health officials that the drug should not be used to treat COVID-19 outside of hospital or research settings, due to sometimes fatal side effects.