coronavirusDonald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci apparently are not on the same page about a potential treatment for the new coronavirus.
During Friday’s COVID-19 task force briefing, the United States President and the government’s top infectious disease expert publicly disagreed over whether a malaria drug would be an effective treatment for the coronavirus. Essentially, the conflict was between someone going mostly on feeling and another operating using hard facts.
After Trump on Thursday brought attention to hydroxychloroquine , Fauci on Friday was asked whether the drug could be used to prevent COVID-19.
No,” he said. “The answer … is no.
“The information that you’re referring to specifically is anecdotal. It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can’t make any definitive statement about it.”
Later, Trump disagreed with the notion there is no “magic cure” for coronavirus.
“Maybe and maybe not, ” he said. “Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t. We have to see.
” … I think without seeing too much, I’m probably more of a fan of that,” he said, referring to the malaria drug. “And we all understand what the doctor said is 100% correct.”
Dr. Fauci quickly corrects Trump’s misstatements about hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/Piim1PQSdh
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 20, 2020
Trump describes some of his clinical disagreements with Dr Fauci on drug efficacy. pic.twitter.com/ukzrYybqxE
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 20, 2020
Make of that what you will.
As of Saturday morning, there were more than 19,700 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, including at least 276 fatalities.
In recent days, multiple states have enacted shelter-in-place protocols.