U.S. President Donald J. Trump said on Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine — HCQ — to prevent Corona Virus.
Speaking at an industry roundtable at the White House, the president said:
“A lot of good things have come out on the hydroxy. I’m taking hydroxychloroquine. I’ve been taking it. I hope to not be able to take it soon. But I think people should be allowed to.”
President Trump said his decision to take HCQ, along with zinc vitamin supplements, came after receiving a letter from a doctor recommending the combo as preventative medicine.
“He said out of hundreds of people that he’s treated he hasn’t lost one. All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK. If it doesn’t work you’re not going to get sick or die. It’s been heavily tested,” he said.
“I’ve taken it about a week and a half now, and I’m still here. I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy, and you know the expression I use, ‘What do you have to lose?’ ” he said. So far, he’s had “zero symptoms” or side effects.
The drug, used to fight malaria for decades, was controversial because the specific use against Corona Virus, while indicated by many studies over the years, including by the CDC in 2005, had not been formally approved by the FDA to fight the virus. Despite the fact, global manufacturers of the generic drug had stepped up to ship millions of doses to the U.S.
Indeed, at the start of the crisis, President Trump said he had a “good feeling” and was “optimistic” that HCQ would prove to be the miracle cure.