Man Dies After Taking Drug He Thought Would Protect Him From Coronavirus

Man Dies After Taking Drug He Thought Would Protect Him From Coronavirus

Man Dies After Taking Drug He Thought Would Protect Him From Coronavirus

Banner Health experts are warning the public against using "inappropriate medications" after an Arizona man died and his wife was hospitalized after taking chemicals they believed could help protect against coronavirus.

The Arizona man is not the first to go wrong in attempting to self-medicate with the substance, with a number of reports out of Nigeria stating that hospitals had seen a series of chloroquine overdoses following President Trump's first mention that it could be used to combat Covid-19.

This weekend Brooks cared for a man in his 60s who died after ingesting a version of chloroquine commonly used to clean fish tanks.

"Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure", the woman told NBC from her hospital bed.

An earlier small-scale study of 30 patients by French researchers published last week had shown that hydroxychloroquine used alone was effective in reducing the duration and severity of COVID-19, while using it in combination with an antibiotic called azithromycin increased its effectiveness.

"I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, 'Hey, isn't that the stuff they're talking about on TV, ' " said the woman, who was not named by NBC. But no drug has been approved to treat COVID-19, and a vaccine is estimated to remain at least a year away.

While laboratory research has found the drug to be effective in related coronaviruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, the CDC and the World Health Organisation are still studying whether the same is true for the current outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, covid-19.

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters as U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper looks on during the daily White House coronavirus response briefing with members of his administration's coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, DC, March 18, 2020.

Health officials are urging people not to try to self-medicate during the coronavirus pandemic.

The potential downside of the drugs is that the COVID-19 studies up to this point have been limited at best, and positive test results may be anecdotal.

Trump has said they could be a "gift from God" and a "game-changer", even as many scientists have cautioned against overhyping unproven medicines before large scale clinical trials are carried out. "We were afraid of getting sick", she said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state is the epicenter of the US outbreak with more than 25,000 cases, on Sunday said it had acquired hundreds of thousands of doses of the malaria drugs to use in a clinical trial.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump's director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during the same press conference when Trump promoted the drug that "you really can't make any definitive statement about it". They were not tested for the coronavirus.

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