House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has expressed concern about President Donald Trump taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, saying the drug is unproven as a treatment for COVID-19, plus Trump is “morbidly obese.”
Trump, 73, told reporters Monday he has been taking the drug along with a zinc supplement daily “for about a week and a half now,” to make sure he doesn’t contract the virus.
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Pelosi, 80, appeared Monday night on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and was asked her thoughts on Trump using hydroxychloroquine.
“He’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists,” she said. “Especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea.”
Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and arthritis. But the National Institutes of Health website says there is “extremely limited clinical data supporting its effectiveness” in treating COVID-19. NIH also warns that the drug can “cause cardiac arrythmias, seizures, dermatological reactions, and hypoglycemia.”
Still, Trump has continued to tout it as a potential cure for COVID-19.