Will finish preventive HCQ regimen in a day or two

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Trump said, "the regimen finishes in a day or two, yeah, I think it's two days, two days".

"I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here", was his surprise announcement.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against taking hydroxychloroquine unless one is in the hospital or part of a clinical study because it could cause heart rhythm problems.

Then there was an Italian study of more than 65,000 patients that demonstrated only 20 tested positive of those who are taking it prophylactically. More than a thousand subjects in all are being tested with hydroxychloroquine and placebos.

"I think it gives you an additional level of safety".

McEnany said there was a lot of apoplectic coverage of hydroxychloroquine.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose press secretary has contracted the coronavirus, told Fox News in an interview he is not taking the drug.

Trump also said healthcare workers were taking the medication.

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But larger studies on hydroxychloroquine don't confirm any benefits for prevention or treatment.

We have had presidents who have appropriately used the power of "the bully pulpit" to encourage us to boost our health by being fit, eating a nutritious diet, to quit smoking and drinking.

"When prescribing and using any drug we need to rely on sound, scientific evidence and make careful determinations of whether these drugs or any other can help combat the COVID-19 pandemic". Clinical trials of the drug are also under way.

"Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19", the FDA said in a statement.

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Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, called Trump's behaviour "reckless" and hinted that the president could have talked about the medication to distract attention from bad news or even be "lying". No thanks - or rather, not yet. Evidence for such use now lacks with concerns of potential harms from side effects.

But, he said, a randomised controlled trial such as this one, where neither the participant nor the researchers know who has been given the drug or a placebo, was the best way to find out. It may be our only hope, at least in the short term, until a vaccine can be found.

However the RACGP highlighted that as it stands, the evidence is not sufficient to use the medicine in this manner. That includes 16m hydroxychloroquine tablets.

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British healthcare workers will begin taking part in a trial on Thursday (May 21) to determine if two anti-malarial drugs can prevent COVID-19.

Experts agree that this work is worth doing, but they are concerned about advocating more general use of these experimental treatments before the proof is in.

He referred to a "false study" in which hydroxychloroquine was given to "very sick people - extremely sick people, people that were ready to die".

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People should not infer from Trump's example "that it's an approved approach or proven", because it's not, said Dr David Aronoff, infectious diseases chief at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

"It's gotten a bad reputation only because I'm promoting it". But as with any drug and as with any prescription, it should be given by a doctor to a patient in that context.

Global media workers also expressed criticism against Trump's comments.

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, described Trump as being "morbidly obese" when making a point that he should not be taking a drug that "has not been approved by the scientists". However, the White House physician stated he believes the possible benefits outweighed its risks. "Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it", Trump added.

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The truth is we just don't know yet. "So, really interesting to have that criticism of the President", McEnany said.

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