Despite assurances from President Donald Trump, there is not yet a cure for the pandemic that's caused a health crisis upending daily life across the United States.
In his attempts to assure the public that he has everything under control, the President made some wild claims about potential treatments for the disease.
One of these came in a tweet on Saturday, in which the President assured that a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin could treat the virus, and needed to be "put in use IMMEDIATELY."
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the… https://t.co/0ZEF0mdfJg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1584799988.0
....be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE! @US_FDA @SteveFDA @CDCgov @DHSgov— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1584799989.0
The medicines are already FDA approved for treating conditions like malaria and lupus, but National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that a clinical trial would need to take place.
Nevertheless, Trump continued to praise the treatment on Twitter and in his daily press briefings on the virus.
Now, an Arizona woman is in intensive care and her husband is dead.
The pair ingested chloroquine phosphate, which is an additive used to clean fish tanks, instead of the medication form of chloroquine, because they'd heard the President touting the so-called treatment "on every channel."
"Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure."
Now, the woman is warning those who are getting their medical information from Donald Trump:
"Oh my God. Don't take anything. Don't believe anything. Don't believe anything that the President says & his people...call your doctor."
Listen to her full comments below.
Woman in ICU: "Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure." NBC: "What would be your message to the Amer… https://t.co/ixRNSJtco5— Vaughn Hillyard (@Vaughn Hillyard) 1585011407.0
People criticized the President for his eagerness to boast a cure before one was ready.
Trump is practicing medicine without a license. https://t.co/t8Wm3qagNZ— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1584801011.0
This was a horribly flawed study that excluded patients who died in the treatment group in the final analysis. Th… https://t.co/JK1buUdF67— Dr. Paul Sufka (@Dr. Paul Sufka) 1584810340.0
The drugs that Trump is touting here can have lethal side effects. Do not listen to Trump. Listen to your doctor.… https://t.co/i6DYGqVYdo— JRehling (@JRehling) 1584821662.0
Some even blamed him for the Arizona couple ingesting chloroquine phosphate.
Words matter, Mr. President. https://t.co/9Psnsettju— Steve Shuler (@Steve Shuler) 1585052848.0
Donald Trump is literally killing people. https://t.co/BFDmdGU8AQ— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1585015447.0
This mans death is on Trump. https://t.co/zWHIFVzrXh— Kat Ceccotti (@Kat Ceccotti) 1585045814.0
Others said that, while Trump is irresponsible, it was the couple who drank aquarium cleaner because they saw chloroquine in the ingredients that bore the blame for this one.
@JessicaValenti Not defending the tangerine nightmare in any way whatsoever but those people took something meant f… https://t.co/pXHziyRr1c— (((michelle))) (@(((michelle)))) 1585020317.0
@JessicaValenti @kathleenatron They ACTUALLY took a parasite treatment for their fish and chloroquine phosphate was… https://t.co/L6CafvVpYl— Maddie (@Maddie) 1585024556.0
Trump has been retweeting endorsements of hydrochloroquine repeatedly on Twitter.