President Trump admitted on Monday taking Hydroxychloroquine with zinc as a precaution against coronavirus - telling reporters "I happen to be taking it," and "I'm not going to get hurt by it."
Trump said that while he hasn't been exposed to the virus, he was given permission by the White House doctor to take the controversial treatment, and began taking it approximately 10 days ago - right around the time Mike Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for the virus.
"I happen to be taking it," says @POTUS of hydroxychloroquine . "I'm not going to get hurt by it."— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 18, 2020
"A lot of front-line workers" are also taking hydroxychloroquine. "I'm taking the two -- zinc and hydroxy."— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 18, 2020
"I just want to open with the American public. I happen to think it's good," adds @POTUS.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 18, 2020
"A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy. A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it," said Trump.
White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House this evening:
"After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks."
While medical experts - including Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House coronavirus task force have cautioned against taking the drug, Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc has been successfully used by doctors around the world, who claim dramatic improvement in patients with coronavirus.
"Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," said Los Angeles doctor Dr. Anthony Cardillo, adding "So clinically I am seeing a resolution."
Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care, says that the drug must be used in conjunction with Zinc, as the hdroxycholoroquine opens a 'channel' for the mineral to enter cells and prevent the virus from replicating.
Los Angeles Doctor, Dr. Anthony Cardillo speaks of potential benefits of Hydroxychloroquine combined with Zinc. pic.twitter.com/fQ68HpsKup— Zee Bhaiyah (@Zee_HumHai) April 7, 2020
That said, the drug has been shown to raise heart risks and rates of death when combined with the antibiotic azithromycin, according to Bloomberg, which notes that it can interfere with the heart's electrical signals in extremely rare cases.