Washington – The president of United States, Donald trump, He said this Wednesday that he will stop taking hydroxychloroquine “in a day or two” after taking the pills of that drug for two weeks as prevention against the COVID-19, a property that has not been scientifically proven.
“I think the (drug) regimen ends in a day or two. I think it is two days,” the president said in statements to the press at the White House.
On Monday, Trump revealed that for a couple of weeks he had taken hydroxychloroquine and zinc daily as a preventive measure, although he assured that he had no symptoms of COVID-19.
For weeks, Trump has extolled the virtues of hydroxychloroquine, a drug used against malaria, lupus, or severe arthritis, which has been prescribed for many COVID-19 patients worldwide, but is still part of clinical trials. .
Asked about the duration of his treatment, on Tuesday the US leader said he would continue taking hydroxychloroquine a little longer because he was “curious” about its effects, while stressing that he had not noticed any “impact” on his body.
At all times, Trump has argued that hydroxychloroquine offers an “additional level of safety” against the new coronavirus,
In reality, there is insufficient evidence that hydroxychloroquine has a prophylactic effect against COVID-19, according to a study published in late April in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.
Trump’s insistence on promoting hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus has sparked tensions in his government: Vaccine expert Rick Bright reported this month that he was fired from his job at the Health Department for political reasons after expressing concern over the exaltation of that treatment.
In addition, Trump’s praises caused difficulties among arthritis or lupus patients to get hydroxychloroquine, and in March a coronavirus patient died in Arizona after ingesting a version of that chemical that was not designed for human consumption, but to clean aquariums.
In April, the president already sparked controversy by suggesting that UV light and disinfectant injections could be an effective treatment for coronavirus, leading to an increase in people poisoned in the United States by exposure to chemicals.
The United States remains the world’s largest focus of the pandemic with more than 1.5 million cases and at least 93,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.