Doctor explains the truth about rumored COVID-19 treatments that could be dangerous

Posted at 9:56 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 09:56:28-04

NEW YORK — After President Donald Trump mentioned chloroquine, a longstanding anti-malaria drug, as a possible coronavirus treatment many people got excited, but doctors and health officials are warning that the drug is not yet proven to be a safe or effective way to treat COVID-19.

Dr. David Battinelli, Chief of Medicine at Northwell Health, tells PIX11 that the effects of chloroquine are only anecdotal at this point and there needs to be clinical trials for it to be clear either way.

Additionally, the drug has some pretty strong side effects that could be harmful or deadly to some people.