By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political journalist for Dailymail.com
President Trump again touted the use of the hydroxychloroquine malaria drug for use during the coronavirus crisis at Saturday’s press conference, telling reporters that he might even try it.
“In fact, I can take it. I can take it, I’ll have to ask my doctors about it. But I can understand it, “he told reporters seated in the room.
The President pushed hydroxychloroquine for weeks as a possible solution to the coronavirus and peddled a theory on Saturday that people with lupus – a disease in which hydroxychloroquine is used to treat – are not as sensitive to COVID-19 , teasing that it could be evidence that the drug works.
President Trump issued a theory on Saturday that lupus patients are less likely to get coronavirus because they are already taking the drug Hydroxychloroquine, which he has been claiming for several weeks
Hydroxychloroquine is currently used to treat malaria and lupus and comes with a laundry list of side effects.
“I’m just going to speak for myself, it’s been a drug for malaria for a long time, it’s also a drug for lupus,” said Trump. “And there is a study that people with lupus don’t get this horrible virus, they’re not so affected by it.” “
“Maybe it’s correct, maybe it’s wrong, you will have to check it,” added the president.
DailyMail.com asked Anthony Fauci, one of the medical experts in Trump’s coronavirus task force, what the drug said about lupus patients and whether they have higher or lower coronavirus levels .
Fauci also attended Saturday’s press briefing at the White House.
“Right now, this is being examined in a natural history study, we have no definitive information to comment on it,” replied Fauci.
“This is a good obvious question, as it could be a way for us to get interesting and potentially important data about the role of these drugs,” added the doctor.
Trump then took the podium to once again extol the value of the drug.
“I’ll tell you waht. What do you have to lose? We stored it and we have a lot of it. We are getting more, ”he said.
Earlier in the briefing, he said that he had discussed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the possibility of importing more imported drugs into the United States from India.
“I saw results,” added the president.
“They should look into the Lupus thing. I don’t know what it says. There is a rumor because it takes care of lupus very effectively, “said Trump.
Besides Fauci, there was no data on the matter yet, the Lupus Foundation of America also warned its members that they were at higher risk for infections like coronavirus.
Hydroxychloroquine itself cannot be used by all Americans.
It has a full list of side effects including slowing of the heartbeat, pain in the arms, legs and back, symptoms of heart failure, hair loss, worsening of skin conditions, pain stomach and abs.
Side effects on mental health alone include anxiety, depression, rare suicidal thoughts and hallucinations.