At a White House event today the president announced that he has been prescribed hydroxychloroquine and also a Z-pack regimen
Hydroxychloroquine, a drug typically used to treat malaria, has been continuously promoted by the president as a potential treatment for those suffering from symptoms of COVID-19. While the president has tested negative for disease, he announced on Monday that he is taking both the anti-malaria drug and azithromycin (commonly referred to as a Z-pack) as a precautionary measure.
Here's Trump: pic.twitter.com/8KK1rWeyze— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) May 18, 2020
“I have been taking it for about a weekend—for about a week and a half,’ he said. ‘Every day. I take a pill every day. At some point I’ll stop.”
The president was not recommended the drug but specifically sought it out and received approval from the White House physician:
“I asked him what do you think,” Trump said. “He said, ‘Well if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it. I’d like to take it.'”
The president also said that many healthcare workers are taking it as well: “You’d be surprised at how many people are taken and especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers many, many are taking it,” he said.
Recognizing that some patients prescribed the medication have suffered side effects, Trump said this:
“Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it. So far I seem to be okay.”
The White House physician prescribed him the medication.
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto was absolutely shocked when he heard the news:
Cavuto reacts: pic.twitter.com/CHSPDbFxhx— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) May 18, 2020
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