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Is There Any Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Can Prevent Covid-19?

Experts debate whether the potential risks outweigh any hypothetical benefits

A pharmacist displays a box of hydroxychloroquine tablets.
Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against the novel coronavirus — meaning he’s taking the drug, which is under investigation as a…

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Dana G Smith

Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental