After US President Donald Trump claimed that the US FDA just approved chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat and prevent COVID-19, people started sharing the news as if COVID-19 has been beaten!
But most people did not realise that he was almost immediately contradicted and corrected by Dr. Anthony Fauci, from the White House Coronavirus Task Force!
Here are the facts, and yet another reason why you should NEVER believe anything Donald Trump tells you!
Donald Trump : Chloroquine Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!
US President Donald Trump stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force quickly corrected him.
But The Donald hates looking stupid, so he cut in, saying, “We will see.” As if he actually knows anything about medicine or science!
Fact : Chloroquine Was NOT Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!
The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.
On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, with this section addressing chloroquine (with our emphasis) :
The FDA has been working closely with other government agencies and academic centers that are investigating the use of the drug chloroquine, which is already approved for treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, to determine whether it can be used to treat patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 to potentially reduce the duration of symptoms, as well as viral shedding, which can help prevent the spread of disease. Studies are underway to determine the efficacy in using chloroquine to treat COVID-19.
In the same statement, the US FDA also points out that :
[T]here are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.
Take our advice, please do NOT believe “alternative facts” from Donald Trump. Listen to your Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.
Stay safe, wherever you are!
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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