Hydroxychloroquine helped a New York City councilor recover from a severe case of COVID-19, according to the Democratic lawmaker.
“I could not breathe, [estaba] very weak, could not get out of bed. My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. I took it that day and in two or three days I was able to breathe, ”Councilor Paul Vallone told New York Post. “In a week she was back on her feet.”
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial that some researchers say has been successful against the disease, but others warn that it could bring side effects to some patients.
Vallone said she took the drug in combination with azithromycin, an antibiotic also known as Z-Pak.
Vallone has sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs, primarily the lungs. People with underlying conditions are at higher risk for COVID-19.
“We were in panic mode when I fell because I didn’t have much of an immune response,” he told the newspaper. “I needed something to stay alive,” he said, adding that the hydroxychloroquine “worked for me.”
Other lawmakers have also taken hydroxychloroquine, also known as HCQ or HQ, to fight COVID-19.
Michigan Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, credited the drug with saving her life earlier this year, along with Republican President Donald Trump, who touted the drug as a possible treatment for the disease.
“If I hadn’t brought this to the forefront of – the HQ – being able to post this here, I wouldn’t even be here today to have this conversation with you and to be able to talk about the needs of Detroit and talk about the people who really need this.” he told Trump at the White House on April 14.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said last week that he planned to take the drug to fight COVID-19 after testing positive.
Others have taken hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis – a way of trying to prevent infection – including the President of El Salvador and Trump. Researchers from India found the drug to be effective as a prophylaxis.
Peter Vallone, a former New York City Councilmember and brother of Councilor Paul Vallone, has promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine.
“I guess all the doctors who prescribe it are right. This drug is already on the market and the patent is in force, so it is cheap. A new drug will not be. The big bucks don’t want this drug to be used. They always follow money, ”the former councilman wrote in a Facebook post in May, according to the post.
Paul Vallone commented on the post, writing that hydroxychloroquine “saved my life.”
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