US President Donald Trump has revealed that he is taking anti-malaria drugs, hydroxychloroquine for weeks now.
Trump made the surprising revelation during his White House COVID-19 daily press briefing on Monday.
US medical experts had warned that the anti-malaria drug is not suitable for fighting the novel coronavirus.
Trump, who noted that he has tested negative for COVID-19 and shows no symptoms of the virus said he had been taking the drug “for about a week and a half.”
He said, “I take a pill every day,” adding that he also takes zinc as a preventative measure.
Pressed further on his reason for taking the drugs, he said “because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
Trump has often played down the dangers of coronavirus, including last week when he said it threatened only a small number of people.
He has also pointedly refused to wear a mask, despite federal recommendations and the fact that most of his staff have taken to covering their faces in public.
By contrast, he has shown interest for weeks in promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine.
Trump’s extensive remarks about his use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure came out of the blue.
“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, I happen to be taking it,” Trump said.
“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yeah. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” he added.
Trump said the use of the medicine was approved by the White House physician.
However, he insisted that he, not the doctor, took the first step.
“I asked him, what do you think? He said if you’d like it. I said yeah, I’d like it.”
“It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t but if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick or die,” Trump said. “I take a pill every day. At some point I’ll stop.”
Why Trump is taking the disputed remedy when he frequently insists he is in no danger from COVID-19, is not clear.
Some people in the White House have tested positive for the virus. But Trump said again Monday he showed “zero symptoms.”
“Every couple days they want to test me, you know, for obvious reasons. I mean I am the president, so they want to test me.
“I don’t want to be tested but they want to test me,” he said. “I’ve shown always negative,” he added.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has threatened to pull U.S. funding to WHO permanently in there do not improve in the next 30 days.
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