Trump's coronavirus briefings are too dangerous for news media to show them live - 2020-04-11
While that expression dates back decades, we sadly could alter it for these trying times: "If the president says something, check it out."
That hit home Sunday evening when President Donald Trump led the daily coronavirus Task Force briefing by advocating for hydroxychloroquine, which most of us now know is a drug commonly used to treat malaria but has shown signs of possible efficacy in combating COVID-19. It's in a trial stage needed to prove whether it works.
The president's advice to the nation, in recommending that people with the disease or even fearful of contracting it seek out hydroxychloroquine: "What do you have to lose?"
Perhaps, plenty. The drug, now available as a generic, has been in use for decades and in the wrong circumstances, can have deadly side effects. That's why the president's own medical experts are cautious.