Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to keep Covid-19 at bay

KUALA LUMPUR (May 20): US President Donald Trump (pictured) has revealed that he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off Covid-19 infections, say reports.

"I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here," Trump told the media at a recent event, reported the BBC.

"You'd be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers, many, many are taking it," he said. "I happen to be taking it."

Hydroxychloroquine is used against malaria and lupus but there is still no evidence it is effective against Covid-19 infections and it may even cause heart complications.

The US president was asked about “evidence of hydroxychloroquine's positive benefits” after his revelation, to which he replied: "Here's my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it."

"I've heard a lot of good stories [about hydroxychloroquine] and if it's not good, I'll tell you right I'm not going to get hurt by it," the BBC reported Trump saying.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told CBS News Trump was taking hydroxychloroquine, reported The Guardian.

“I can absolutely confirm that,” she said.

“The president said himself he’s taking it. That’s a given fact. He said it. The president should be taken at his word.”

The Guardian also reported Trump’s doctor Sean P Conley issuing a statement on Monday saying: “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 relevant risks.”

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