Wisconsin woman took hydroxychloroquine for 19 years, still got coronavirus

Grant Boone
May 22, 2020

"You're not safe taking that medication at all".

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The president's taking of hydroxychloroquine has sparked criticism due to warnings that the drug can cause heart problems in some patients and on account of studies showing limited or no benefits for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus.

But, he said, a randomised controlled trial such as this one, where neither the participant nor the researchers know who has been given the drug or a placebo, was the best way to find out. She began self-quarantining in March and worked to avoid exposure from other people, she said.

Known only as Kim, the woman told CBS Local she felt the symptoms of coronavirus around mid-April after an essential trip to the grocery store. "Coughing, fever. The fever was very high", Kim told WISN. "I'm on the hydroxychloroquine, '" Kim said. "I couldn't breathe no more".

She went to an urgent care clinic, where her oxygen saturation level was recorded at 78%, far below the healthy norm of 95%. I've had no, I feel the same. I'm not going to get hurt by it.

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I wore one on in this back area. "I wore one in this back area, but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it". Ford organised a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders about the vulnerable populations hit by the virus.

"How can I be sick? How?" He has said his regimen will end in a "day or two".

A Wisconsin woman who for 19 years has been taking hydroxychloroquine - the same drug President Trump announced he has been taking in order to preventatively ward off the novel coronavirus - claims she has contracted COVID-19.

Trump announced he was taking hydroxychloroquine, which he has repeatedly played up as a treatment for coronavirus, on Monday - the same day he sent a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus threatening to end USA funding for the agency unless it commits to "substantive improvements" in the next 30 days. "The only negative I've heard was the study where they gave it was at the VA with, you know, people that aren't big Trump fans gave it".

A top World Health Organization (WHO) official said it remains unclear whether hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, is effective in treating or preventing coronavirus and stressed that it should only be administered in clinical trials.

Mr Trump was apparently referring to a preliminary study from April of Covid-19 patients in USA government-run hospitals for military veterans that suggested hydroxychloroquine had no benefit and may have even caused a greater rate of deaths.

As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn't like. Hydroxychloroquine "is not going to prevent anything".

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