US President Trump said he had taken the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine every day for the past period to prevent the new coronavirus.
As soon as this statement came out, the whole world was shocked. US Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded on CNN: “He is our president. I hope he will not take drugs that have not been approved by scientists, especially his age group and body reorganization.”
What did Trump say?
Trump accidentally disclosed this information when he chaired a meeting on the recovery of the catering industry on Monday (May 18).
He also said: “You probably don’t believe how many people are taking it, especially those working in the field. Many and many of them are taking this medicine. I happen to be taking it.”
He said: “I have eaten for a week and a half, I am still here, it’s okay.”
Some of the staff members of the White House in the United States have been diagnosed with the new crown virus, but President Trump once again said on Monday that he had “zero symptoms” and had regular tests.
Trump also revealed that he takes zinc tablets and a single dose of antibiotics to prevent infection-azithromycin.
When he was asked if these were the drugs recommended by the White House doctor, Trump said he asked for them himself.
Sean Conly, a full-time doctor of the US president, issued a statement through the White House on Monday, saying that President Trump is “very healthy” and “completely asymptomatic.”
Dr. Kang Li also said, “After the President and I have discussed the positive and negative evidence of taking hydroxychloroquinine countless times, we have concluded that the potential therapeutic benefits outweigh the relative risks.”
To date, there is no evidence that oxychloroquinine can inhibit the new coronavirus, and drug regulatory agencies have warned that oxychloroquinine may cause heart problems.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines in April, saying that oxychloroquinine “did not show safety and effectiveness.”
The US Food and Drug Administration also cited research reports that the drug may cause serious heart rhythm problems in people infected with new coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there are currently no approved therapeutic drugs or preventive drugs for the new coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also stated that there is no definitive evidence that chloroquinine and its derivative hydroxychloroquinine are effective for the new crown.
BBC correspondent Anthony Zurcher in North America (Anathony Zurcher) analyzed that this press conference was about the catering industry, but after President Trump announced that he was taking medicine, all the media focused on his move.
“Regardless of the reason for this, President Trump once again made himself the focus of attention. There is no doubt that he is extremely satisfied with this result.”
Are these drugs effective against New Coronavirus?
US President Trump often mentioned hydroxychloroquinine at the White House New Crown Outbreak press conference. At a press conference in April this year, he said, “What’s the disadvantage? Use it.”
Brazilian President Bolsonaro also claimed in a video that hydroxychloroquinine is effective, but this video was subsequently taken down by Facebook on the grounds of misleading violations.
After President Trump mentioned these malaria drugs in March, the number of prescriptions for such drugs in the United States has soared.
Chloroquine (chloroquine) and its derivative hydroxychloroquine (hydroxychloroquine) have long been used to treat malaria, it can reduce fever and reduce inflammation, therefore, people hope that it can help inhibit the new coronavirus. Due to its reputation, anti-malarial medicines have been sold or sold out all over the world.
Many countries are conducting tests to test the preventive effect of anti-malarial drugs on new coronavirus. As part of these studies, frontline medical workers who are in close contact with patients with new crowns take them as preventive drugs.
However, to date, all trials have insufficient evidence to prove that these drugs have a preventive and therapeutic effect on the new coronavirus. The risk of serious side effects includes damage to the kidneys and liver.
Oxford University has written a report on the effect of anti-malarial drugs on the new coronavirus. Report author Kome Gbinigie (Kome Gbinigie) said that a larger, high-quality randomized clinical trial is needed to better assess its effectiveness.
Which countries are approved for use?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an “emergency medication” permit for a limited number of new crown hospitalization cases.
This does not mean that the FDA believes that these drugs must be effective. This only means that under certain circumstances, hospitals can require the use and use of such drugs in government pharmacies to treat patients with new crowns.
French authorized doctors can use this kind of drugs for patients with new crowns, but French medical regulators warn about the side effects of the drugs.
The Indian health department recommends the use of hydroxychloroquinine as a preventive measure for medical staff and families in contact with confirmed cases of the new crown, but a doctor must prescribe it.
However, the Indian government research institute issued a warning against the abuse of this antimalarial drug, and emphasized that it was “experimental” and only applicable in emergencies.
Several countries in the Middle East have authorized the use of antimalarial drugs or are conducting experiments on this. These countries include Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.