Trump is not the only leader pushing unproven coronavirus remedies
“All I can tell you is so far I seem to be okay,” he told reporters about his experience taking the medication, which can have deadly side effects and has not been federally approved for coronavirus prevention. Trump said he is also taking zinc.
As scientists race to develop a vaccine and confirmed cases climb past 5 million globally, Trump is among several world leaders who have endorsed unproven cures and preventatives for the virus.
Public health officials have warned that praise for unverified remedies could spur people to put themselves in danger attempting to self-medicate or stop following crucial public health guidelines, such as social distancing and hand washing. Although the Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine in some hospitalized coronavirus patients, the agency also warned last month that the drug should not be used to treat patients for the virus outside of a hospital or clinical trial setting, let alone those who are not infected. Doctors have warned that the drug can cause severe side effects, …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]