Trump continues to promote an unproven anti-malaria drug for COVID-19
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The New York Times Reports: Trump Again Promotes Use of Unproven Anti-Malaria Drug; Deaths in Country May Be Undercounted
Trump has continued to push the use of hydroxychloroquine against the advice of doctors and health experts. Experts have said the drug has not been proven to combat COVID-19 and it may have dangerous side effects.
Trump has stated time and time again that he has no expertise in the medical field:
“But what do I know? I’m not a doctor,” Mr. Trump said, after recommending the anti-malaria drug’s use for coronavirus patients as well as medical personnel at high risk of infection.
Saying that the drug is “being tested now,” Mr. Trump said “there are some very strong, powerful signs” of its potential, although health experts say the data is limited and that more study of the drug’s effectiveness against the coronavirus is needed.
Trump still has not considered the potentially dangerous impacts of using a drug not meant to combat COVID-19, stating "What do you have to lose?"
Reporters asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to provide her expertise only for Trump to interrupt. He stopped Dr. Fauci from answering and said "He's answered the question 15 times." It's clear that he doesn't want experts to weigh in on this decision.
Dr. Megan L. Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University in Rhode Island and editor for the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, said in an interview on Sunday night that she had never seen an elected official advertise a miracle cure the way Mr. Trump has done.
“There are side effects to hydroxychloroquine,” Dr. Ranney said. “It causes psychiatric symptoms, cardiac problems and a host of other bad side effects.”
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