Man Dies After Drinking Fish Tank Cleaner That Contains Chloroquine, Wife Blames Trump

President Trump recently touted the benefits of taking the malaria drug chloroquine or its close cousin hydroxychloroquine along with azithromycin to fight coronavirus. The malaria drugs have been around for decades and taken by many in the military.

Trump’s statements, along with the spreading knowledge that the drugs have proven at least somewhat effective, have led many people to seek them out at pharmacies as well as look for the compounds in other products.

Much to their detriment, one couple found chloroquine in a chemical used to clean fish tanks. But it’s not the same compound as what is used in drugs for human consumption. Instead, the tank cleaner was chloroquine phosphate, and not meant for human consumption.

Within an hour of ingesting it, both the husband and wife fell ill, and she called 9-1-1. The husband died at the hospital and the woman remains in critical care and is blaming the president for their illness.

The woman, who remains anonymous, said:

“We saw Trump on TV—every channel—and all of his buddies said that this was safe.  Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.”

That’s sort of true. Trump did mention chloroquine very favorably. But he didn’t recommend people find items not meant for human consumption that contain some of the compounds and then guzzle them.

While this couple meant well, trying to protect themselves from the virus, the responsibility for their poor choices lies entirely with themselves.

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  1. Ted Quirk
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    Stupidity cannot be punished.

    Hopefully the manufacturer of the fish tank cleaner had as part of his label “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION” or he may find himself libel when the legal beagles descend.

    • Terry Myers
      Reply

      Amen. If she heard President Trump
      speak about the drug, does she not remember that it was/is a prescription drug. Good God!

    • Susan Poole
      Reply

      WOW, why would anyone in their right mind drink from an aquarium. Once again Trump gets the blame.

  2. Hans Munkwitz
    Reply

    These people obviously did NOT read the cautionary Instructions on the packaging!!!!

  3. Lynne
    Reply

    Fools abound!

  4. Betty smith
    Reply

    When are people going to take personal responsibility ? If someone had told them that sitting in the hottest water they could stand for an hour would stop the virus, would they have done it, knowing that their skin would be badly burned ? I would hope that people would do their own research and not depend on others to do your homework. Besides that, the ingredient in the fish tank cleaner was NOT the same compound that was mentioned by President Trump.

  5. Jean O'Leary
    Reply

    The woman being discussed in this article has got to be a moron. Sorry if this offended anyone but if it has, read the article again. J. O’Leary

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