A Wisconsin woman has taken the unproven coronavirus drug hydroxychloroquine for nearly two decades for another health condition — and says she was still infected by the virus, according to a report.
The woman, who asked to only be referred to as Kim, said she had felt safer knowing that the anti-malaria drug, which she has taken for 19 years to help with her lupus, was gaining international attention as a possible treatment for warding off COVID-19, news station WISH reported.
But she came down with symptoms of the virus in mid-April, despite also taking precautions during her trips to the grocery store.
“Weak all over. Coughing, fever. The fever was very high,” Kim said. “It just went downhill from there. I couldn’t breathe no more.”
She ended up in the emergency room at Aurora Medical Center in Summit, where she tested positive for the virus, the outlet reported.
“I’m like, ‘How can I be sick? How? I’m on the hydroxychloroquine.’” she said. “They were like, ‘Well, nobody ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe’ and it definitely did not.”
Kim said she’s on the mend now from her battle against the bug — but warns others the drug alone won’t protect them from the virus.
“You’re not safe taking that medication at all. [Hydroxychloroquine] is not going to prevent anything. You can still get coronavirus,” Kim told the outlet.
President Trump announced earlier this week that he began taking the anti-malarial drug after he “heard a lot of good stories” about what it could promise against the virus.
“You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it,” Trump said. “The frontline workers — many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it. I happen to be taking it — hydroxychloroquine.”
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