Donal Trump has been taking hydroxychloroquine for a week and a half although he has tested negative for coronavirus

Donald trump has revealed that he has been taking for a week and a half hydroxychloroquine, a powerful antimalarial drug whose efficacy against coronavirus is not scientifically proven although it has been used in many cases of coronavirus.

Trump has explained that he consulted with a white house doctor if I could take the medicine but he said it was not recommended for him, since he had not even tested positive for coronavirus. “I asked him what he thought. He said, ‘Well, if you want.’ I said, ‘Yes, I want to take it,’ “Trump himself said in statements to the press.

Trump is taking this medicine preventively along with a zinc supplement based on the good opinions of the health workers who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic in the first line and who have used hydroxychloroquine. “Here’s my proof: I get lots of positive calls” about this drug. “So far it seems to be fine,” said Trump. “You’d be surprised how many people are taking it before they catch it (the coronavirus), particularly front-line workers. I am taking hydroxychloroquine right now“, has added.

For his part, the White House doctor, Sean Conley, has indicated that the potential benefits to Trump of taking hydroxychloroquine preventively outweigh the risks. “He (Trump) and I, regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, concluded that the potential benefit of treatment outweighs the relative risks“Conley wrote in a White House memo.

It has also indicated that the US president “Is in very good health and remains symptom-free” from coronavirus. In this sense, he added that he has passed the COVID-19 diagnostic test several times and that “all have been negative, to date.”

The news that Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine has caused restlessness and derision by experts and television presenters because it could encourage other people to take this medicine that has powerful side effects. “If you are a population at risk and you take it as a preventive treatment to avoid the virus (…) and you are a vulnerable population, it can kill you,” said Fox News presenter Neil Cavuto.

In March and April Trump defended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment against the coronavirus despite the fact that little evidence that it has positive effects. Trump stressed then that patients “have nothing to lose” taking this medicine and even suggested its use as a preventive measure.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of chloroquine in patients with coronavirus, Although only on prescription because it could cause serious heart problems. The medicine is often used in cases of malaria or to treat lupus. At the same time, serious cases of alteration of the patient’s psychology have been recorded, leading to suicidal tendencies.

United States It is by far the country with the most confirmed cases of coronaviruses, 1,504,386, and has reported 90,194 deaths and 283,178 recovered from this new disease.