The incident was reported by Banner Health, a health care company.
The health care company, Banner Health, reported that a man has died and his wife is in critical condition after the couple took a malaria pill in order to prevent Coronavirus, the same pill that had been previously touted by President Trump.
As reported by NBC, Donald Trump, while speaking about the possible treatments of Covid-19 had talked about anti-malaria drug Chloroquine and had said: "It may work, it may not work. I feel good about. That’s all it is, it’s a feeling." He had said this despite the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci clearly stating that it doesn't work.
As reported by The Hill, Trump had tweeted: "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains - Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents) be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE!"
Banner Health, then, released a statement after the death of the man urging people not to take any medicine not prescribed to them. The statement read: "A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks. Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital."
It added: "Most patients who become infected with COVID-19 will only require symptomatic care and self-isolation to prevent the risk of infecting others. Check first with a primary care physician. The routine use of specific treatments, including medications described as 'anti-COVID-19', is not recommended for non-hospitalized patients, including the anti-malarial drug chloroquine."