After President Trump recently revealed he had been taking the unproven anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for weeks as a preventive measure against COVID-19, many critics are speaking out in concern or just shock.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shared some, ahem, concerns, let’s call them, particularly about the president’s age and weight which could hold serious side effects when coupled with the treatment.
Pelosi appeared on CNN and spoke with Anderson Cooper saying, “He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists.”
Pelosi emphasized this part: “Especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group, what is morbidly obese, they say… So I think it is not a good idea.”
Please watch the entertaining clip below.
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine. pic.twitter.com/0ImjpEjg9q
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 19, 2020
Trump has been touting the drug as a treatment for those who have contracted the coronavirus and then recently said he had been taking the drug himself despite the fact that there is no known evidence that it works in COVID -19 cases.
The FDA has yet to endorse the use of it and has, in fact WARNED against its use late last month with the only exception being formal medical and research studies.
The president’s irresponsible claim has more power than just some words what wacky pres is saying on TV again.
Americans look to the President as the leader. He should be setting the precedent for how millions of Americans will handle this. His leadership is that very guiding light.
Or in this case rather, a very MIS-guiding light. Reputable studies show that this drug does not lower the risk of death or the risk needing a breathing tube in COVID-19 severely ill patients.
In fact, a study on Veterans Affairs patients actually found higher death rates in those hospitalized with COVID-19
Obviously, as Trump is hoping for four more years, Pelosi’s right to be concerned about the president’s medical records and his health.
The president’s age, 73, also lands him in an age bracket that is at greater health risk particularly during these times.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cautioned the elders to be increasingly careful as cases of the coronavirus spread around the nation.
To make matters worse, the age factor for the President is compounded by his obesity since studies released last month found obesity may be an important predictor in just how severely ill one can get with the coronavirus.
Trump continues to claim hydroxychloroquine would be great for Americans. He told reporters that they would be “surprised at how many people are taking it.”
He continued boasting, “I’ve heard a lot of good stories…. And if it is not good, I will tell you right. I’m not going to get hurt by it. It has been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things.”
This is America.