US President, alarm-raising charlatan and all-round dickwad Donald Trump has gone one step further than stupid and announced to the world this week that he has been taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for months, even against official medical advice.
In a press conference on Monday, Trump said: “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. ‘Cause I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
Hydroxychloroquine is sometimes prescribed by doctors to fight rheumatoid arthritis and lupus but it has not been proven to work against the Coronavirus, either as a cure or a preventative measure.
“A lot of good things have come out,” continued everybody’s favourite fool. “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.”
That last bit, of course, is totally untrue.
“What do you have to lose?” asked the ill-informed president. “It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. But if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick or die. This is a pill that’s been used for a long time, for 30, 40 years.”
Several people in the US have died taking substances that contain hydroxychloroquine as an ingredient, saying before their deaths that they were motivated by Trump to do so.
Doctors insist that hydroxychloroquine is not a solution to the Coronavirus and recommend people don’t self-medicate with it.