“It has been around for a long time – said the US president – so we know that if things do not go as planned it will not kill anyone”. Trump added that it is a common drug and that it will soon be available on “prescription”, calling it a “turning point”. He also announced the reduction of “bureaucracy to develop vaccines and therapies as quickly as possible”. Rio Giardinieri, a Florida man 52 years old resulted positive to COVID-19 tests, confirms today he was saved from certain death by the anti-malarial drug touted as a possible treatment by President Trump. After attended a conference in New York, where he was probably infected, he said had started showing typical symptoms of the new coronavirus, such as back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days. When the doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida get the positive result to COVID-19 test, with a severe form of pneumonia, have put him on oxygen in the ICU.
After more than a week, doctors told him there was nothing more they could do and, on Friday evening, Giardinieri said goodbye to his wife and three children. The Florida man told to local media he was at the point where he was “barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging,” adding that he thought that his end was there”. But the situation completely changed when a friend sent him an article about hydroxychloroquine, the prescription drug that’s been used to treat malaria for decades and auto-immune diseases like lupus. Although doctors had doubts about the effectiveness of the treatment, given his so critical condition and the few possibilities to survive, they decided to give him Benadryl and some other drugs. “When I woke up around 4:45 a.m., it was like nothing ever happened”. Giardinieri claims, adding that fever and pain were disappeared and that he was able to breathe normally again.
The Florida man, so far, would not be the only case. Also, the Actor Daniel Dae Kim affirms that a medication commonly used to treat malaria was “crucial” in his recovery from coronavirus. Kim, 51 years-old, described the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the “secret weapon” in his hospitalization in a new video on Instagram. The “Lost” actor stressed that he’s not a doctor or lawyer, and that his comments should not be taken as though he’s a medical professional, but he wanted to share his own personal experience with his fans and followers. Also, in his case, the Hydroxychloroquine was one of several medications, included Tamiflu and the antibiotic widely known as Zpack, in addition to using an inhaler to help with breathing and inflammation, that made up a “drug cocktail” of treatment to win against the new COVID-19. If those stories confirm what Trump said about malaria medication that could be a “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus, Dr. Antony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the USA, said a definitive statement cannot be made about it in terms of treating COVID-19.