Hope, Chloroquine & COVID-19: Impulsive Actions & Unintended Consequences

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Chloroquine CoronaHope is like a salve for the soul during times of great distress. But when it's dispensed in the form of medical misinformation, hope can have dangerous––even deadly––consequences.

Earlier this Spring, President Trump lauded the "very encouraging" possibility that a pair of existing FDA-approved drugs––hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin––showed "tremendous promise" as potential treatments for COVID-19. He expressed a "good feeling" about the medications in widely-publicized press briefings and social media postings.

According to Trump, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) could prove to be one of the "biggest game changers in the history of medicine" and should be put to use "immediately" in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Medical experts, however––including top officials at the FDA and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)––were quick to temper the President's enthusiasm towards the untested therapy.

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