"We saw his press conference". "Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure".
The man's wife is also in critical condition, according to Banner Health.
"BREAKING FROM @NBCNews! Do NOT ingest FISH TANK CLEANER,"wrote former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn". As U.S. federal health authorities fumbled the availability of virus testing out the gate-issues that have yet to be fully resolved-and the number of confirmed cases across the U.S. soared into the tens of thousands, Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. She says she and her husband both chose to mix a small amount of the substance with a liquid and drink it as a preventative measure.
Asked what her message is to the public after what she and her husband went through, the woman told NBC News, "Oh my God, don't take anything". The woman started vomiting and her husband experienced severe respiratory problems, NBC Newsreported.
"Banner Health experts emphasise that chloroquine, a malaria medication, should not be ingested to treat or prevent [Covid-19]", the health group said in a statement.
Minutes after Trump made the false claim, FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn said a "clinical trial, a large, pragmatic clinical trial" would be required before making any determination on the use of chloroquine to treat the coronavirus. And that's where the FDA has been so great.
"Currently, both nationally and in West Virginia, some prescribers have begun writing prescriptions for these drugs for family, friends, and coworkers in anticipation of Covid-19 related illness", the board wrote.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert who has been appearing alongside Trump during the pandemic update briefings, corrected Trump about using the additives, saying that information is "anecdotal" and that now, there is zero evidence that suggests it's effective for COVID-19 patients.
Mr Fauci, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force, is widely seen as the face of the USA response.
During normal times it's not a good idea, but during a global pandemic, when people are scared and might try to self-medicate, it can be deadly.
At least three people are believed to be hospitalised and reports have spread of high demand of chloroquine leading to pharmacy shortages, partially fuelled by Mr Trump's comments. The World Health Organization has not approved chloroquine to fight the virus, the Nigerian health organization said, and scientists are still working to confirm whether it's safe, it added.
"Please DO NOT engage in self-medication".
Physicians have warned Americans to consult with her primary care doctor before taking chloroquine because it could lead to serious complications or even death.