Fox News host Neil Cavuto was so shocked by President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for “several weeks,” that he took a few minutes to explicitly warn his viewers about the risks of taking the drug,
While answering questions from reporters Monday afternoon, Trump revealed he has taken a hydroxychloroquine pill “every day” for a week-and-a-half.
“I take it,” the president said. “I would’ve told you that 3-4 days ago but we never had a chance because you never asked me the question.”
Reacting to Trump’s announcement, Cavuto mentioned a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs and academic researchers which found that hydroxychloroquine has no benefit on coronavirus patients and is linked to higher death rates for VA patients hospitalized with the disease.
“A number of studies, those certainly vulnerable in the population have one thing to lose, their lives. A VA study showed that among a population of veterans in a hospital receiving this treatment, those with vulnerable conditions, respiratory conditions, heart elements, they died.”
Reading from a number of other studies about the effects of hydroxychloroquine on patients, Cavuto said, “Those who took it, in a vulnerable population, including those with respiratory or other conditions, they died. I want to stress again — they died. 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. I cannot stress that enough. This will kill you.”
“So again, whatever benefit the president says this has — and certainly has had for those suffering from malaria, dealing with lupus — this is a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching at home or assuming, ‘well, the President of the United States says it’s okay,’” Cavuto continued, noting a recently issued warning from the FDA.
Cavuto noted that he was making a “life and death point,” not a political one.
He then welcomed Dr. Bob Lahita, chairman of medicine at St. Joseph University Hospital, who said he has seen “no effect whatsoever with this drug” on patients with COVID-19.
“The president says, ‘What have you got to lose? It sounds like what you’re saying, you have a risk of losing your life if you do about the president just recommended,” Cavuto told viewers.
“That’s correct,’ Lahita said. “Everything has a trade-off. And these drugs can be very dangerous. And if they don’t have any effect, there’s no reason to take them.”
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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