US President Donald Trump has revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that he has touted despite medical warnings about its use, as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus.
“I’ve been taking it for the last week and a half. A pill every day,” Mr Trump told reporters. He said he has been having “zero symptoms” from it.
He says he does not have the symptoms of virus and he has been getting tested every day, returning negative results. Mr Trump said his doctor did not recommend the drug to him, but he requested it from the White House physician.
“I started taking it, because I think it’s good,” Trump said. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
The US President said he had been taking a pill a day, along with a zinc supplement, for about ‘a week and a half’.
“What do you have to lose?” the President said.
Mr Trump dismissed reports of side effects, saying, “All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK.”
Mr Trump has repeatedly pushed the use of the drug with or without the antibiotic azithromycin, but no large, rigorous studies have found them safe or effective for preventing or treating COVID-19.
Australian doctors have also noticed an increase in patients asking for prescriptions for the anti-malarial drug.