Coronavirus conspiracy theories you shouldn’t believe
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Conspiracy theory: Two common FDA-approved drugs can prevent or treat COVID-19
A man in the United States died after taking chloroquine, something he had heard could prevent or cure coronavirus, CNN reports. The man and his wife were “afraid of getting sick” with COVID-19, according to his wife, who also became ill after ingesting the substance. The couple didn’t take a pharmaceutical version of the drug but a version of it used to clean fish tanks.
So, what is chloroquine, exactly? It is a well-established, FDA-approved treatment for malaria. In the days before the man’s death, the internet had been abuzz with the possibility that chloroquine drugs could cure COVID-19 after a press conference in which Trump spoke of it as the no-nonsense solution to the rising mortality rate. What Trump didn’t say, and what those who repeated his words failed to comprehend, is that this solution is highly theoretical, at best, at this point. “There are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19,” although studies are underway, the FDA said in a clarification statement.