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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020. 10:47 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Social media giant, Facebook has taken down a viral video that makes false claims that Hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19.

Many Belizeans, as many other globally, shared the video citing the doctor’s claim about the drug and its effect on COVID-19.

According to Forbes, the video was retweeted by US President, Donald Trump, showing a medical professional making false claims that the antimalarial drug is a cure for COVID-19.

The viral video had up to 17 million views before it was taken down.

In the video, the doctors claim that Chloroquine, a more toxic version of hydroxychloroquine, can prevent the spread of coronavirus in cells.

One of the doctors claimed that she had treated more than 300 patients with the drug and “none of them died.”

But, last month the National Institute of Health (NIH) stopped a clinical trial of the drug citing that while a study showed that treatment caused no harm, the drug was “very unlikely to be beneficial to hospitalized patients with Covid-19.”

The NIH also advises against using the drug as a treatment for coronavirus.

In May, Trump revealed that he was taking a two-week dose of hydroxychloroquine prophylactically.

Health officials warn that there is no approved treatment for COVID-19, and the race is on to develop a vaccine to treat patients.

 

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