White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus again
Added 05-30-20 05:11:02am EST - “Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany strongly endorsed the "prophylactic" use of hydroxychloroquine: that is, to prevent contracting the coronavirus.” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON — The White House continued on Thursday to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that President Trump and some of his supporters have held out as a treatment for the coronavirus, against the advice of the Food and Drug Administration and in the face of studies that have shown it can be harmful in some cases.
The drug, which is also used by lupus patients, has become a flash point in the politicization of the pandemic response, along with the wearing of face masks. Routinely touted by prominent conservative allies of the president, including primetime Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham, it has been denounced by members of the medical establishment as an unproven therapy that poses the risk of potentially fatal heart complications.
The FDA recommends that COVID-19 patients, if they choose to use it, do so only in a hospital or under medical supervision in a clinical trial.
The divide between medical experts and the president’s lay advisers and media supporters seems all but certain to persist, even as COVID-19 is showing signs of slowing nationally (while spiking in some parts of the country).
Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany strongly endorsed the “prophylactic” use of hydroxychloroquine: that is, to prevent contracting the coronavirus. That’s different from someone using the drug once already sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. McEnany did not appear to be referring to this second type of use.
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