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Gohmert to Take Hydroxychloroquine for Coronavirus

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July 31, 2020 -- Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas told Fox News he’ll take hydroxychloroquine to treat his case of the coronavirus.

“My doctor and I are all in,” Gohmert said Wednesday in an interview with Sean Hannity. He went on to say a friend who’s a doctor just tested positive and plans to take hydroxychloroquine.

“So zinc, erythromycin and hydroxychloroquine,” Gohmert said, “and that will start just in the next day or two.”

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used to treat lupus, arthritis, and malaria. President Trump suggests it can help people with the virus, though there is little scientific backing for that opinion.

The FDA withdrew emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine in June, saying it doesn’t provide protection against the coronavirus.

Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, said on MSNBC that “at this point, we can definitively say hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work. I’m not sure what more we need to do.”

Gohmert was tested for the virus on Wednesday because he was scheduled to fly to Texas with President Trump. The test came back positive, he said. Gohmert, 66, said he’s showing no symptoms and plans to self-quarantine.

Gohmert has often been dismissive of face masks, considered one of the best ways to protect yourself against the coronavirus. But he said he’s worn a mask a lot recently and will probably wear them much more now that he’s tested positive.

After Gohmert’s positive test Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said face masks will now be required on the floor of the House, CNN reported. Lawmakers can remove the masks while speaking.

Later on Wednesday, the House sergeant-at-arms issued more rules that require face coverings in all House office buildings.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on July 31, 2020

Sources

Fox News. Rep. Louie Gohmert speaks to Sean Hannity after testing positive for COVID-19.

WebMD.com. FDA Withdraws Authorization for Hydroxychloroquine.

Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb: "We can definitively say hydroxychloroquine doesn't work."

CNN. “Pelosi mandates masks in House chamber after Gohmert tests positive for Covid-19.”

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