President Donald Trump unexpectedly revealed that he’s taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine on Monday afternoon. Shortly after the news made headlines, Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned that the drug might cause adverse problems for members of his viewing audience who might be part of several risky categories.
Earlier today, President Trump said that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc prophylactically for around a week and a half, The Inquisitr reported. According to the president, he asked the White House doctor about the drug after receiving letters from physicians around the United States singing its praises. Trump said that the doctor agreed that he could take it. During the question-and-answer session, Trump asked what people had to lose for trying it.
The Fox News host spoke out about the situation during the time slot that he regularly appears on at 4 p.m. Eastern each weekday. In a clip from the show, Cavuto referenced a Veterans Administration (VA) study that showed that hospitalized veterans who received hydroxychloroquine when they also had heart problems, respiratory problems, and other ailments died. He also discussed an American Medical Association study that concluded there was no statistical difference among hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who took the drug and those who didn’t.
Cavuto went on to mention that the VA study, which the president touched on earlier today, was not a politically motivated study. Trump suggested in a video posted by the White House on YouTube that it was conducted by people who weren’t big Trump fans in the VA. He seemed to indicate that the outcome of that study was political because his administration’s policies ended up getting rid of what he called bad people in the VA.
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc
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“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” he said.
“I cannot stress enough. This will kill you.”
“So, again,” continued Cavuto, “whatever benefits the president says this has…this is a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching at home.”
The host went on to caution his viewers that many other healthcare professionals and groups have warned against taking hydroxychloroquine in anything other than a very carefully monitored situation like a clinical trial.
“I only make this, not to make a political point here, but a life and death point. Be very, very careful,” said the host.