The Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients after Donald Trump repeatedly touts its unproven benefits in press conferences. While some studies don’t negate that hydroxychloroquine could help with COVID-19 symptoms, there’s also only thin evidence that it contributes to recovery in any way.
Hydroxycholoriquine as a treatment for the virus is heavily cautioned by organizations like the Infectious Diseases Society of America and people like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Trump announces that he’s stopped taking the drug in May, and the FDA authorization is revoked on June 15, 2020, after more studies fail to prove it does more good than harm when taken for the coronavirus. Some studies and reports from hospitals even suggest the drug sped up the deaths of COVID-19 patients who otherwise might have survived, especially elderly patients.
Initial studies that might have provoked Trump’s support of hydroxychloroquine are later revealed to have tested the drug on cells in the wrong part of the body. Hydroxychloroquine is still held on a pedestal by some right-wing media and administration officials at the time of this writing (September 2020).
In late August, it’s discovered that the drug is being used in nursing homes in at least two states, despite the FDA warning against its use in non-hospital settings.
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