Google searches to buy chloroquine spiked by 442% following Donald Trump and Elon Musk’s endorsements of the drug for treating COVID-19

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that the American public is highly susceptible to endorsements from public leaders regarding unproven COVID-19 drug therapies — even when such drugs have been linked to fatal poisonings.Although no current drug therapies have been proven to be highly effective in the treatment of COVID-19, worry about the virus may cause the public to look for unsubstantiated treatments. As study authors Michael Liu and his team describe, “when several high-profile figures, including entrepreneur Elon Musk and President Donald Trump, endorsed the use of chlo...


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