WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An Arizona man died after he and his wife ingested chloroquine phosphate to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.
- President Trump had repeatedly touted the pharmaceutical version of chloroquine as a cure, but the couple consumed a version of the chemical that’s used to clean aquariums.
- The widow has now urged the public not to “believe anything that the president says” and instead rely on doctors.
An Arizona couple ingested chloroquine phosphate to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus after President Donald Trump touted chloroquine as a cure, resulting in the death of a 68-year-old man.
The man’s 61-year-old widow has now spoken out on NBC News on Monday, warning the public not to “take anything” or “believe anything” without consulting a healthcare professional.
The woman told NBC News‘ Vaughn Hillyard, “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.”
Trump has repeatedly touted chloroquine as a “very powerful” cure, falsely claiming it to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Trump said last week, “It’s shown very encouraging — very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process; it’s been approved.”
Chloroquine’s pharmaceutical version, known as hydroxychloroquine, is used to treat malaria. However, there is no conclusive proof that it effectively cures coronavirus.
And according to Banner Health, the couple had taken a version of the chemical that’s used to clean aquariums.
Within half an hour, they both needed medical care. The woman was put in critical condition while her husband passed away.
The FDA had already clarified that they have not yet approved chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus since much more research is needed.
Hillyard asked the woman, “Did you at any point hear that the FDA had not approved of it for coronavirus purposes?”
“Yeah,” she responded. “But, you know, they kept saying that it was approved for other things.”
When asked if she had any message to the public, she told NBC News, “Oh my God, don’t take anything. Don’t believe anything that the president says and his people … call your doctor… Please educate the people.”
Hillyard tweeted an audio clip of the conversation, in which she said, “It feels like, like my heart is broken and it’ll never mend. It’s just broke, dead. Like my husband. My husband is 68. We’re healthy. No underlying — no diabetes or lung issues. Nothing.”
Source: Business Insider