President Trump stunned the nation yesterday when he casually announced at a press conference that he was taking the drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against COVID-19, despite there being no evidence that it actually prevents or treats the virus.
“I happen to be taking it. A lot of good things have come out. 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’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories” said the President during a roundtable event at the White House.
His remarks immediately sparked panic around the nation as conservative show hosts began imploring their viewers to not emulate the president and take it themselves.
There is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine works to treat or prevent COVID-19 in any way shape or form; to the contrary, a study done in Brazil was halted after patients given the drug developed arrhythmia and died.
Other concerns are focused on the possibility that some of the president’s more careless fans will ingest the wrong drug, like an Arizona man who died after swallowing the fish tank cleaner chloroquine phosphate thinking it was the substance that Donald Trump was promoting on TV.
FOX News has been surprisingly vocal in its efforts to tamp town hydroxychloroquine talk. FOX’s senior managing health editor, Manny Alvarez, joined Bret Baier to criticize the President for his “highly irresponsible” comments.
“I found it to be highly irresponsible for the president to have come out and make that statement. And I would like to hear from the White House physician, to come out tomorrow and explain to me what has changed in a week and a half or two weeks for the president to take this medication when all the data that has been coming out, you know, very repetitively has shown that there’s really not a major benefit in most hospitals, including mine” said Alvarez.
Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing editor of Fox News' health news, says that it is "highly irresponsible" for Trump to claim that he's now taking hydroxychloroquine.
He also wants the White House physician to explain what's changed since studies have shown no benefits. pic.twitter.com/QAxYVTM1kG
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 18, 2020
FOX’s Neil Cavuto also publicly criticized the president’s comments, warning that the medicine could possibly kill you. “The fact of the matter is though when the president said ‘What have you got to lose?’, in a number of studies, those certain vulnerable population has one thing to lose: their lives. If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus, or in a worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” he said on his show last night.
It is monstrously irresponsible for the President to continue promoting these unproven claims when it could lead to the deaths of his viewers — but sadly, causing American death has proven to be the one thing that Donald Trump’s presidency has been proficient at.