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Oklahomans urged to not self-treat COVID-19

Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 06:48:27-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information is warning Oklahomans to not use medication or household products to treat the Coronavirus.

Patients who become infected with the COVID-19 only require a treatment for the symptoms, plus self-isolation to contain the spreading of the virus.

The center said using some medications, like Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine without a prescription or monitoring the prescriber is dangerous and risky already causing one death and multiple poisonings.

“There are several different medical uses for them. The problem is when people start to use these medications for unapproved uses and treating themselves without having a healthcare professional or prescriber in the loop," Scott Schaeffer, the Managing Director for Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information, said.

Schaeffer said he’s also seen some “treatments” online such as using bleach or disinfectants, which he says are just as dangerous.

The center said it's important to always talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medications.

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