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Rudy Giuliani taking hydroxychloroquine to fend off COVID-19 despite safety concerns

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani will apparently never get off the hydroxychloroquine train.

The ex-New York mayor told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that he’s taking the anti-malarial drug as a preventative measure against COVID-19 — even though U.S. regulators advise against it over concerns that the medication can cause serious side effects.

Giuliani, 76, stressed that he has tested negative for the virus several times in the past few days, but said his doctor recommended the hydroxychloroquine regimen since he spent considerable time last week with President Donald Trump and others who have since tested positive.

“All negative so far and no symptoms but I am taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc as a prophylactic,” said Giuliani, who’s these days best known as Trump’s combative personal lawyer. “A study in Italy showed exceptional results.”

Despite Giuliani’s claim that he’s not experiencing symptoms, a source familiar with the matter told The News that the ex-mayor was openly coughing while having dinner Tuesday night at Amata’s in Midtown.

“He really should be in quarantine,” the source said.

Giuliani did not outright deny the source’s observation.

“I am negative and I don’t think I coughed and I was 20 feet away from anyone and wore my mask when the waiter served me,” he said.

The Food and Drug Administration issued guidance in July advising doctors against prescribing hydroxychloroquine to any COVID-19 patients because the drug had not proved effective in treating or preventing the virus.

The FDA also said the drug could cause “abnormal heart rhythms,” especially in patients with preexisting heart or kidney conditions.

But Giuliani claimed the FDA guidance “was all political.”

“It’s a very effective early-stage cure per NYU, French, Italian, Chinese, Brazilian studies,” Giuliani said.

Like Giuliani, Trump has pushed hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 miracle cure for months.

Nonetheless, the president’s medical team did not prescribe the anti-malarial drug during his hospitalization at Walter Reed Medical Center this past weekend.

Giuliani traveled with Trump onboard Air Force One last week for his first debate against Joe Biden in Cleveland.

Hope Hicks, Chris Christie, Kayleigh McEnany, Stephen Miller and dozens of other White House staffers and associates of the president have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Giuliani told The News that he doesn’t believe he’s totally out of the woods yet.

“It’s been seven full days now so let’s hope,” he said. “I’ll take another test tomorrow or Friday.”

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Rudy Giuliani’s cough kept interrupting him while he tried to attack Biden on Fox News

While waiting to receive the results of a coronavirus test, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News Monday night, where he coughed throughout his interview with host Martha MacCallum.

Giuliani is President Trump’s personal lawyer and one of his most ardent supporters. He helped Trump prepare for last week’s debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and several people Giuliani came in close contact with, including Trump, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trump aide Hope Hicks, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have all tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giuliani shared with MacCallum that he recently tested negative for COVID-19, but two hours before his appearance, he took a second test, “one of those all the way in the back of the nose tests,” The Daily Beast reports. MacCallum told Giuliani she hopes he receives “a negative on that one,” and then asked him about Biden urging people to wear masks and listen to scientists about how the coronavirus works.

Biden, Giuliani declared, doesn’t “really understand what scientists are,” adding that people should listen to their doctors because “they know your personal history. Doctors really aren’t scientists. Scientists almost always have competing opinions. That’s what science is about.” He scoffed that Biden is making “a political statement to scare people, wearing that mask,” and mocked him for donning a face covering “when you are standing at a podium,” saying the “only thing you can infect is the teleprompter that’s near you.”

Before saying goodbye to her guest, MacCallum told Giuliani, “I hope that cough is not anything bad, you’re waiting for your test to come back. We hope you’re going to be healthy and well.” Giuliani responded, “I hope so, too. I’ll let you know tomorrow.”

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