President Trump again touts drug to treat coronavirus

US President Donald Trump speaks as US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci look on during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on April 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP)

President Donald Trump is again touting a drug used to treat certain other diseases and says he may take it himself in hope that it will help fend off the new coronavirus.

Trump says “there’s a rumor out there” that hydroxychloroquine is effective, declaring “I may take it.”

He has often pointed to hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure and urged people to take it, despite more sober assessments of its effectiveness by medical professionals.

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The drug has long been used to treat malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Very small preliminary studies suggested it might help prevent coronavirus from entering cells and possibly help patients clear the virus sooner.

But the drug has major potential side effects, especially for the heart, and large studies are underway to see if it is safe and effective for treating COVID-19.

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