Jul 30, 2020 - Health

Gohmert to use hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus treatment

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speaks during a House Judiciary committee hearing on June 24
Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill last Friday. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told Fox News Wednesday that he plans to take hydroxychloroquine as part of his treatment for COVID-19.

Why it matters: Per Anthony Fauci, all of the randomized, controlled clinical trials for the anti-malarial have consistently shown that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in the treatment of coronavirus.

What he's saying: "My doctor and I are all in," Gohmert said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

  • "I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine. And that will start in a day or two, so thank you," he said after Hannity asked him if he would take hydroxychloroquine.

Of note: Gohmert suggested, without evidence, in a video about his coronavirus diagnosis earlier Wednesday that wearing a mask may have contributed to him testing positive. He has rarely been seen wearing a mask in Congress.

  • Following Gohmert's diagnosis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats Wednesday evening she would require masks to be worn on the floor of the House.

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