President Trump has said that he has been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine for a “couple of weeks” as a preventive against the coronavirus.
“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yeah,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Because I think it’s good, I hear a lot of good stories. And if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right. I’m not going to get hurt by it.” According to the White House, Trump is tested every day for the coronavirus and at last report had not been infected.
While hydroxychloroquine, taken together with the antibiotic azithromycin, appeared to show promising results in a limited, non-peer-reviewed study on patients hospitalized with COVID-19, that didn't stop many from pouncing on Trump, and even others to suggest he's not even telling the truth. Predictably, leading the charge is Joe Biden.
Yale's Dr. Thomas Balcezak, chief clinical officer for the health system, said Tuesday that, as of Monday, “we have moved it from a possible drug to a not-recommended drug.”