During the daily press conference of the White House task force on coronavirus Saturday, President Donald Trump once again touted a two-drug cocktail he said may be a possible solution to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, which has infected 26,000 Americans so far.

However, using the two drugs Trump referenced — Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin — together can cause cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death, and that has many physicians worried that Trump is giving people hope and could lead to deaths from the combination of the two, HuffPost notes:

“Concerned physicians responded to Trump’s tweet crowing about what could be ‘one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine’ with warnings about the serious side effects — and urgent pleas not to try to obtain the drugs without a medical prescription in consultation with a doctor.”

During the Saturday press conference, Trump hyped the two-drug cocktail, rhetorically asking:

“What do we have to lose? I feel very good about it.”

But once Trump had departed the briefing, his top coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was less enthusiastic than his boss about using Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin as some sort of silver bullet:

“Fauci responded that there may be positive ‘anecdotal reports’ — informally observed individual cases — about the drugs, but they haven’t yet been proven to work, or to be safe. ‘If you really want to definitively know if something works, you got to do the kind of trial that [gives you] the good information,’ he said. ‘The president is talking about hope for people,’ not science, he noted.”

Other medical experts weighed in on Trump’s touting of the pharmaceutical cocktail via Twitter:

Dr. Trump, unlike a real medical professional, only has a degree in business. And based on how many times he’s filed for bankruptcy, he didn’t learn very much during his college years.

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