Trump defends his use of unproven treatment as prevention against coronavirus

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On Monday, Trump promoted the drug again.

CLEVELAND, Ohio- President Donald Trump's claim to be taking Hydroxychloroquine is both dubious and risky.

Dismissing reports of severe side effects from hydroxychloroquine, the president said: "All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK".

Many studies are testing hydroxychloroquine for preventing or limiting coronavirus illness but "there's absolutely no evidence that this strategy works", said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious-disease specialist at Emory University in Atlanta.

One of the co-hosts of The View, Joy Behar, was shocked at the lawmaker's admission, saying: "Wow". He recommended "that people participate in clinical trials for hydroxychloroquine, as opposed to taking it individually".

"You're a representative in Congress".

Pelosi said the "morbidly obese" president was putting his health at risk with his daily dose of hydroxychloroquine in an interview with CNN Monday night. "And if it was somebody else other than me, people would say gee isn't that smart".

'I think he should recognize that his words weigh a ton.

"It's got a bad reputation only because I'm promoting it", Trump told reporters of the medication.

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"I say go to the doctor. listen to what they say, if the doctor says "don't take it", then don't take it". 'I've taken it about for a week and a half now. "A lot of them are taking it as a preventative", Trump said. I've been taking it for more than a month. "Tune in today to America First on the Salem radio network".

The President, who has consistently tested negative for coronavirus, appeared to suggest he was taking the drug as a way to prevent getting infected, something he claimed frontline health workers are doing as well.

The speaker was referring to President Trump's suggestion last month that injecting disinfectants, which can kill the coronavirus, into a person could be a possible cure.

"Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are already FDA-approved for treating malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis".

Media captionWhat's it like to fast for Ramadan as a healthcare worker during the pandemic? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the drug can cause heart problems and should be restricted to clinical trials or hospitalized patients.

Addressing concerns Trump's example could lead people to misuse the drug, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said "tens of millions of people around the world have used this drug for other purposes", including malaria prophylaxis. "The fact is, people should want to help people, not to make political points".

As research started to emerge that hydroxychloroquine was not helpful, and even potentially harmful, in battling COVID-19, the president's public rhetoric in support of the drug had faded.

"The sense of most of my colleagues is that hydroxychloroquine is useless", Otto Yang, an infectious disease specialist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, told USA Today Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

Conley noted that two weeks ago, White House staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

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