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'Sons Of Anarchy' Alum Kristen Renton Rips Donald Trump For Promoting Lupus Medication To Fight COVID-19

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By Clark Sparky

Donald Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine during both of his coronavirus task force press briefings over the weekend despite there being no scientific evidence that the drug helps treat COVID-19. It is, however, effective for treating several diseases such as malaria and lupus.

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Actress Kristen Renton, who starred in several seasons of "Sons of Anarchy," suffers from lupus and now she's concerned that the president recklessly telling people to take hydroxychloroquine will lead to a shortage of the medication.

"So while you are telling people to “try Hydroxychloroquine” (aka plaquenil) because it 'may' help...people like myself, who need the drug daily to survive due to my lupus, can no longer obtain the drug because it’s 'out of stock.' Now what am I suppose to do?" Renton tweeted.

"What do you have to lose? Take it," Trump said during Saturday's press conference. "I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice. And it’s their doctor’s choice or the doctors in the hospital. But hydroxychloroquine. Try it, if you'd like."

He doubled down on Sunday saying, "they say taking it before the fact is good... I'm not acting as a doctor. I'm saying do what you want... It can help them but it's not going to hurt them."

The drug can, in fact, be deadly in some instances.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has repeatedly warned against the drug.

"In terms of science, I don’t think we can definitively say it works," he told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday. "The data are really just at best suggestive. There have been cases that show there may be an effect and there are others to show there’s no effect."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings.

Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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