SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The White House official on the coronavirus task force is clarifying that hydroxychloroquine is ‘not’ a recommended treatment for COVID-19.
Admiral Grett Giroir is the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human services.
On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, he explained why the task force doesn’t recommend the treatment.
“From a public health standpoint, um, at first hydroxychloroquine looked very promising. There were not the definitive studies. At this point in time, there has been five randomized control, placebo-controlled trials that do not show any benefit to hydroxychloroquine. So at this point in time, uh, we don’t recommend that as a treatment. There’s no evidence to show that it is, said Girior ”
Conservative media outlets, pundits and personalities promoted a video across Facebook and Twitter on Monday that featured pro-Trump doctors telling Americans they do not need to wear masks to prevent coronavirus while also pitching hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug the president has previously touted himself, as a sure-fire way to treat coronavirus.
The video directly refutes advice from Trump’s own medical experts, who have urged people to slow the virus’ spread by wearing masks and cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently withdrew an order that enabled hydroxychloroquine to be used as an emergency treatment for COVID-19.
Because it spread misinformation about treating the coronavirus, Twitter required Trump Jr. take down the video and put his account on a 12-hour timeout, a Twitter spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Trump Jr.’s profile is still visible, but he cannot tweet, retweet or like other posts during that time.
Director at Horizon Clinical Research, Dr Mona Hacker, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss hydroxychloroquine clinical trials and the video removed by social media companies.