President Trump said on Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychlororquine for a "couple of weeks" to prevent an infection from coronavirus.
"I happen to be taking it," Trump said during a roundtable event. "A lot of good things have come out. You'd be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it."
Hydroxychlororquine has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It is not currently a proven treatment for the coronavirus, although there have been numerous clinical trials.
"I'm taking it, hydroxychlororquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it," Trump said. "Cause I think it's good, I've heard a lot of good stories."
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about "serious heart rhythm problem" in patients with the virus who were taking the malaria drug, often in combination with antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as a Z-Pak.
"I'm not gonna get hurt by it. It's been around for 40 years," Trump said. "For malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Front-line workers take it. A lot of doctors take it — excuse me, a lot of doctors take it. I take it."