Coronavirus (622) Policymakers and health misinformation (21) BBC: Trump says he is taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine

19 May, 2020

Extract below. Full text: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52717161

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Coronavirus: Trump says he is taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine

20 minutes ago

US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, despite public health officials warning it may be unsafe.

Speaking at the White House, he told reporters he started taking the malaria and lupus medication recently.

"I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here," was his surprise announcement.

There is no evidence hydroxychloroquine can fight coronavirus, and regulators warn the drug may cause heart problems.

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