Donald Trump Touted Malaria Drug To Treat Covid-19, At Least 5 Followers Fall In Critical Condition

Hanima Anand |Mar 24, 2020

After the US President talked about chloroquine as a possible treatment to coronavirus, many people have taken the drug, endangering their lives. One man in America was even dead.

According to our latest reports, there are at least 3 Nigerian men and 2 American people in critical conditions after taking an overdose of chloroquine, a drug to treat malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

More sadly, the American man didn’t make it while his wife’s health is still in danger. The Arizona-based couple took the drug to self-medicate coronavirus at home for believing this drug can have positive results.

Donald Trump At Conference
Donald Trump mentioned chloroquine as a game changer during the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, the US President Donald Trump mentioned this malaria drug in a conference at the White House, implying it is very effective in treating the novel coronavirus. He even stated that this result was validated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He tweeted last Saturday:

"HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine,"

Donald Trump even continues to share about the effects of the drug on his social account.

However, health experts said chloroquine is also “an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks.” They emphasized such “inappropriate medications and household products…should not be ingested to treat or prevent this virus.”

Chloroquine Production
Drug-taker might fall unconscious if having overdose of this malaria drug.

Further study and clinical trials are needed to confirm the combination’s effectiveness in treating the disease caused by Sars-coV 2.

Back to Nigeria where three men in Lagos experienced immediate negative effects after taking the drug, health officials of this country has issued warnings about chloroquine, that people could be overdosed while trying to self-medicate with this substance.

A few days ago, people in India also rumoured about a possible treatment from Japanese antivirus drug called favipiravir. The news had no scientific ground and luckily no one was in danger due to this.

Nigerian Health Minister
Nigerian Health officials have warned their people about the side effects of the drug.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, there are a lot of hoaxes, or fake information. This requires everyone to equip themselves with a critical mind to distinguish between a reliable and unreliable source.

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