Trump takes medicine against malaria to prevent COVID-19. The effectiveness of this drug is not yet proven

The US President Donald trump said on may 18 at the White house that takes cure malaria – hydroxychloroquine for the prevention of coronavirus disease COVID-19. The transcript of the briefing posted on the White house website.

He said that started taking the drug “a couple of weeks ago.”

“[I got it] because I think it’s good. I heard a lot of good stories. Inyou know, I’m not hurt,” said trump.

The US President claims that this drug is taken by many doctors and nurses are “at the forefront” as a prophylactic.

According to trump, he decided to take hydroxychloroquine after consultation with the White house doctor.

“The White house doctor did not recommend, no. I asked him: “What do you think about this?” He said, “Well, if you like it”, – told in dialogue American President.

The White house doctor Sean Conley confirmed that he had discussed with trump the application of hydroxychloroquine, told the TV channel NBC News. According to Conley, “after numerous discussions,” they came to the conclusion that the potential benefits of treatment outweigh the relative risks. Trump regularly tested for coronavirus and “continues to give negative results,” he said.

A White house aide familiar with the decision of the President, told NBC News that trump started taking the drug after his Valet had contracted the coronavirus. Although the President stated that he had “very limited contact with this gentleman”, it was decided to appoint treatment. According to the source channel, aides of trump “was blindsided” by his decision to publicly announce the admission of hydroxychloroquine because only a small group of advisers knew about it.

Previously, trump has repeatedly spoken in favor of this drug for the treatment of COVID-19, but in the American Management on sanitary inspection behind quality of foodstuff and medicines (FDA) noted that its effectiveness is not yet proven.

Hydroxychloroquine used in malaria, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, is being tested in some countries for the treatment of coronavirus infection. Some researchers have pointed to its effectiveness, but, according to others, it can cause serious adverse reactions, including disruption of the cardiovascular system. FDA warned the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus infection outside medical institutions because of risk of irregular heart rhythm.

Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 4.8 million, of which over 1.78 million recovered, and 318,5 thousand died. USA ranks first in the world in the number of cases (over 1.5 million) and deaths (more than 90,3 million).

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