- Drugs that treat malaria and other medical conditions, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, have seen a surge in popularity after they were described by President Trump as potential cures for COVID-19.
- A man in Arizona has now died as a result of self-medicating with a substance that sounded like chloroquine after hearing about the potential treatment for the novel coronavirus infection on TV.
- Others in Nigeria overdosed on the anti-malarial, prompting the government to issue warnings about the drug.
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Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are the talk of the town right now, as many people wrongly see them as miracle cures for the novel coronavirus that's ravaging the world. It all stems from the fact that President Trump boasted about these potential COVID-19 treatments during a press conference, adding that he felt good about them. It didn't matter that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump's director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tried to play down the president's remarks during the same briefing, saying the evidence is anecdotal and that "you really can't make any definitive statement about it." He added that clinical trials would be needed before anything is determined. But the harm was already done. We already have instances of people dying after buying the off-the-shelf anti-malarial treatment and using it themselves at home in an attempt to prevent a coronavirus infection.
Before we go any further, let's make it clear to everyone: do not buy any drug that may be in testing right now as COVID-19 therapies. Experimenting with chloroquine or any other treatment in an attempt to avoid infection can lead to serious harm or even death. Always follow the guidance of doctors and let them decide whether experimental therapies are required.
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