Last March 19, United States President Donald Trump suggested that hydroxychloroquine could be a potential treatment against the coronavirus. However, most felt it was a bit hasty to recommend the said drug and media had a field day ridiculing Trump. And it appears that a lot of it has to do with the past decisions of the U.S. president.
Trump’s suggestion was not spared from criticism with some even branding it as something providing people false hopes. Part of it may be because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needed time to develop a cure and that they were not able to give a timeline. That in mind, most are now left with no choice but to try anything, although there could be dire risks if dangerous treatments are taken. For now, the best way to fight the coronavirus is to stay indoors and practice social distancing.
For those who are unaware of what hydroxychloroquine is, it is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) that helps regulate the activity of the immune system. It can modify the underlying disease process rather than treating symptoms, according to Versus Arthritis. It is commonly sold under the brand name Plaquenil – a medication used to prevent and treat malaria in areas where malaria remains sensitive to chloroquine.
“Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study,” according to the New York Times. “A group of moderately ill people was given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed.”
Regardless of what most think of Trump’s hydroxychloroquine suggestion, it appears that some have tried the U.S. president’s suggestion. A 61-year-old woman named Wanda and her 68-year-old husband Gary ingested a teaspoon of the fish tank cleaner. Medical toxicology reports and police investigation remain pending as of this writing.
“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” Wanda said to NBC News.
This was the same antimalarial drug chloroquine that was mentioned by Trump during a White House briefing. The FDA approved the drug on an emergency basis despite the criticism that the president got from media.
Regardless, it would be best to wait for an officially prescribed vaccine to come out with medical backing. Researchers and scientists are rushing to come up with a cure but there are proper protocols needed for everyone’s safety.