Expert: Trump's coronavirus advice could kill vulnerable people

Added On May 21, 2020

Trump told reporters on Monday that he has taken hydroxychloroquine starting from weeks ago. He said the drug could be a potential treatment for coronavirus, on a daily basis, despite warnings that it can cause heart problems. Calum Semple, professor in child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, said he doesn't recommend the medicine particularly for those people most at risk of severe disease, issuing a strong rebuttal of Trump's suggestion. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also warned in late April against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 "outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems." Separately, a study released by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration last month suggested the drug was ineffective in treating patients with COVID-19 and found that the two primary outcomes for patients treated with the drug were the need for mechanical ventilation and death.