Donald Trump dismisses hydroxychloroquine study as an 'enemy statement' against him

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The White House has not provided details on the dosage or how long he has been taking it.

Shortly after Trump's admission that he is taking HCQ, he got lambasted by both mainstream media and political opponents for pushing a yet-unproven drug.

He said he has "zero symptoms" of the coronavirus, is tested daily and has tested negative.

The president said during a press briefing Monday he has been medicating with hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus for more than a week. I'm not going to get hurt by it.

"You're not safe taking that medication at all".

"You're a representative in Congress".

Critics warned that Trump publicising the drug's supposed benefits could prompt members of the public to take it while not knowing what adverse effects it could have on their health.

"I'm taking it - hydroxychloroquine", Trump said. "They were like, 'Well, nobody's ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe" and it definitely did not". No, I think for whatever it's worth I take I was, ' he said. I am still a relatively pretty intelligent guy but I don't tell anybody there is a one-size-fits-all [policy].

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Researchers say there should be "no delay" in coronavirus treatments being made available for immediate use after trials have shown them to be successful. 'Every day. I take a pill every day'. "I couldn't breathe no more". "This will kill you". "Tune in today to America First on the Salem radio network".

Piers Morgan was among the detractors this time around, writing: "People will die because President Trump has once again decided he knows better than the science and medical experts".

"And in fact the opposite, warnings have been issued by many authorities regarding the potential side effects of the drug and many countries have limited its use to that of clinical trials or during clinical trials or under the supervision of clinicians in a hospital setting that's specifically for COVID-19, because of a number of potential side effects that have occurred and could occur", Ryan stressed.

"If drugs as well-tolerated as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could reduce the chances of catching Covid-19, this would be incredibly valuable".

It will test whether the drugs can prevent healthcare workers exposed to the virus from contracting it. Accord Healthcare, a UK-based medicines manufacturer, said it has donated over 2 million tablets to enable the "landmark trial" to go ahead.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against taking hydroxychloroquine unless one is in the hospital or part of a clinical study because it could cause heart rhythm problems.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. "The drugs should be used straight away".

Despite Trump's wild claims, studies have shown it does not help protect against Covid-19.

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