The FDA (Food and Drug Federation) warns people not to self-medicate to avoid Covid-19.
Recently, a man died after taking a substance used to clean fish tanks. The chemical contained “chloroquine.“
The man’s wife also drank the substance; and her current health condition is critical.
The health care system, Banner Health hospital, said in a statement: “Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance.”
Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director said “Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so.”
Chloroquine and Coronavirus
Although the president Donald Trump said he was “a big fan” of the drug’s promise against COVID-19, he acknowledged that it needed to be tested first; and health experts warn that any suggestion that this works is purely anecdotal.
In a briefing on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), redoubled his caution saying:
“The answer is no, and the evidence that you’re talking about … is anecdotal evidence.”
On the other hand, the FDA turned its face and advised people not to ingest chloroquine in any way; unless it has been prescribed by a doctor.