Related video: Donald Trump previously pushed for Americans to take the drug despite limited studies showing there would be benefits
Related video: Donald Trump previously pushed for Americans to take the drug despite limited studies showing there would be benefits
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Trump – and some of his fans – may be taking hydroxychloroquine to try and ward off Covid-19.

But there's not much to indicate the drug actually stops you from getting Covid-19.

The drug, which is commonly used to treat Malaria and autoimmune diseases, has become somewhat of a right-wing talking point in the last week, particularly since Trump said at one of his daily press conferences that he was taking it as a prophylactic.

To be clear, there is little to no evidence to suggest that it can be used in this way, especially when self-administered.

But other people have been taking it for medical conditions, where the use of the drug is backed up by research (as opposed to a strangely worded letter from the White House physician).

One of those people, known as Kim, has been taking hydroxychloroquine for close to 2 decades in order to treat her lupus, which is an autoimmune disease.

According to Insider, although she’s been in self-isolation since the beginning of March, she recently experienced Covid-19 symptoms.

She went to an emergency room, where she received a positive diagnosis for Covid-19. Even though she has now been discharged from the hospital, she is still receiving oxygen at home externally.

According to the report, she told a local news station WISN Channel 12:

I'm like, 'How can I be sick? How? I'm on the hydroxychloroquine. 

They were like, 'Well, nobody ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe' and it definitely did not.

The science still indicates that there’s no conclusive evidence it is a cure or can be used as a treatment for Covid-19.

Taking it without supervision can cause other health problems – such as severe heart conditions.

Hospitals and pharmacies have reported facing shortages since Trump first talked about the drug as a cure back in March.

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