President Trump said on Monday, May 18, he has been taking an anti-malarial drug and zinc to prevent becoming infected by the CCP Virus for the past week and a half.
Hydroxychloroquine is a drug the president has repeatedly put forward as a promising game-changer in the fight against the virus.
“I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it.”
The president added: “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
There are more than 100 clinical trials being conducted with the drug to see if it can be used in the fight against the CCP Virus, it is a common drug for the treatment of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but has not been proven for use against the virus.
The president also said if the drug wasn’t any good he would “tell you.”
Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus on May 8, and the president began taking hydroxychloroquine soon after, it appears.
“I’m not gonna get hurt by it. It’s been around for 40 years,” said the president, who doesn’t usually wear a mask. “For malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Front-line workers take it. A lot of doctors take it — excuse me, a lot of doctors take it.” He added he has heard a lot of tremendously good news about its use, and he wants “the people of this nation to feel good.”
“I don’t want them feeling sick. And there’s a very good chance that this has an impact, especially early on,” he said. “I take a pill every day. At some point, I’ll stop. What I’d like to is I’d like to have the cure and or the vaccine and that’ll happen I think very soon.”
“It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t,” he continued. “But if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick or die. This is a pill that’s been used for a long time, for 30, 40 years,” reported CNBC.
Hydroxychloroquine taken on its own is considered low-risk in healthy adults, but in some trials where it was combined with the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as Z-Pak, it was shown to increase heart risks in those with severe CCP Virus.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the drug, saying it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients with the virus who were treated with hydroxychloroquine. The FDA has cautioned against using the drug outside of a hospital setting.