It’s still unknown whether hydroxychloroquine will help fend off COVID-19, but a local research team is working on it.

MINNEAPOLIS — Hydroxychloroquine has become a household name during daily White House coronavirus briefings, with President Trump often hyping the drug’s prospects for combating COVID-19.

“I’m not a doctor, I’m just saying we hear great results,” Trump said on April 7th. “And I really think it’s a great thing to try, just based on what I know.” 

“He gets very excited about it,” said Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease physician-scientist at the University of Minnesota. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm about it but, at present, we don’t know if the drug works at all.”

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