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Heart Warning From FDA Deals New Blow to Hyped Covid Therapy

  • Serious risks seen in taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19
  • Treatment touted by Trump, followers as potential panacea
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The Food and Drug Administration warned of potential serious heart risks from malaria drugs touted by President Donald Trump for Covid-19, becoming the latest U.S. agency to dial back hopes of a quick pharmaceutical solution to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has grasped for off-the-shelf fixes to stem the pandemic’s risks to the U.S. and restart the economy, at times dabbling with unproven or dangerous ideas. At a press briefing Thursday, he appeared to suggest administering cleaning products or ultraviolet light inside the body to fight the virus. On Friday, he said his remarks were intended as a joke and that people should not ingest disinfectant.