With President Donald Trump speaking almost daily for months on end now about the coronavirus, some of the shock value of his rants and ramblings has worn off.
Recently, however, he managed to make America’s collective jaw drop when he told reporters that despite any evidence that the controversial drug is an effective treatment against COVID-19, he had been taking hydroxychloroquine for several weeks.
The president’s statement shocked Fox News’s Neil Cavuto who stressed to his viewers that they SHOULD NOT follow the advice or behavior of President Trump.
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
Cavuto cited research studies and patent data from Veterans Health Administration medical centers from last month which found that taking the drug held NO real benefit and actually could be harmful.
A Columbia University study in New York made similar findings.
Cavuto stressed his point clearly, “If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus … it will kill you … I cannot stress this enough: This will kill you.”
“I cannot stress this enough: This will kill you.”Neil Cavuto
Hydroxychloroquine has typically been used as a treatment for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthrits. The drug has serious, life-threatening side effects that are well known throughout the medical community. It is NOT a drug to take frivolously.
Dr. Bob Lahita, who appeared as Cavutos’s guest, further stressed the dangers of taking the drug for the coronavirus. He said “we have had no evidence whatsoever” in the efficacy of using it for treatment against COVID-19.
Furthermore, The United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug for use in treatment against the coronavirus and that in itself should send a clear message to Americans.
But when the president goes on TV and touts his health routine as popping a dangerous drug to ward off a pandemic virus, it’s not surprising that some people will follow blindly.