Man Dies After Ingesting Fish Tank Cleaner In An Attempt To Treat Coronavirus

According to a recent update, a man reportedly died after ingesting a chemical additive used to clean fish tanks —

the pharmaceutical version of which has been touted as a potential coronavirus cure by current U.S. President Donald Trump.

Called chloroquine phosphate, the man in his 60s experienced what could be described as immediate effects within the first 30 minutes of ingesting it. As such, he had to be immediately admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital, per a release made by the medical system in Arizona.

Unfortunately, his wife (also in her 60s) also took the additive, putting her in critical condition as well. This is because the additive was never meant for human consumption in any level, and is used to rid aquariums of organisms that may harm fish, such as any algae growth.

The incident, unfortunately, is the misguided result of a few emerging studies that revealed its pharmaceutical version, the anti-malarial chloroquine (as well as a derivative called hydroxychloroquine), is a potential coronavirus drug since lab experiments showed it can kill the deadly virus. As such, prices of the product skyrocketed on eBay.

Last week, Trump stated that very soon, the drug would be distributed to treat coronavirus patients, with FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn clarifying that the drug would be made available as part of an upcoming clinical trial.

However, health officials have also warned that unless the drug has been specifically prescribed by a doctor, avoid taking it to try and treat coronavirus symptoms.

“The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health,” Dr. Daniel Brooks, medical director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, said. Furthermore, non-hospitalized patients shouldn’t be taking it as well.

“We are strongly urging the medical community to not prescribe this medication to any non-hospitalized patients,” Brooks added.

Elsewhere in the world, more and more scientists are still working hard to develop a vaccine for the drug, even though the warmer months are making the virus slow down a bit.

coronavirus An emergency medicine physician backed claims that the novel coronavirus may not be that deadly to the younger population as available data suggests COVID-2019 almost never kills children and rarely gets fatal in young adults amid the outbreak. Pixabay

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