He’s no fan of Trump — and even called this a ‘New York’ Virus — but he would tell you himself that Hydroxychloroquine has been a Godsend.
Lost star Daniel Dae Kim has credited an antimalarial drug for his recovery from coronavirus.
Taking to Instagram on Saturday evening the 51-year-old said he felt ‘back to normal’ and had not needed hospital treatment.
Kim said that it was the off-label use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine that was the “secret weapon” of his recovery.
In a video which he posted to social media, Kim said, “‘I am happy to report that my progress has continued and I practically feel back to normal. I am lucky enough to be in the 80% of diagnosed cases that have not required hospitalization.”
Kim’s personal physician prescribed him a ‘drug cocktail’ that consisted of the antiviral medicine TamiFlu, the antibiotic Azithromycin, a Glycopyrrolate inhaler, and the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine.
Though all of the medicines worked in conjunction to aid in Kim’s healing process, the actor stated that Hydroxychloroquine was the ‘secret weapon.’
According to Kim, the drug ‘has been used with great success in Korea in their fight against the coronavirus’ and was the drug mentioned by President Trump during a White House press conference earlier in the week.
President Trump has been lambasted by the Partisan Press for having hope that the reports of success with the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are accurate and could lead to a viable treatment option. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned that the off-label use success of the drugs are anecdotal and needs to be approached with caution as well as more study.
Kim addressed this. ‘[Fauci] said that evidence suggesting the drug was promising was anecdotal and that is correct. It means it was studied, but only based on personal accounts,’ said Kim, who cautioned viewers to remember that he was not a doctor.
‘Well, add my name to those personal accounts because I am feeling better.
‘I won’t say this is a cure and I won’t say definitively that you should go out and use it, but what I will say is that I believe it was crucial to my recovery,’ worded Kim carefully. ‘I believe the entire mixture of drugs was crucial to my recovery.’
Another crucial point the actor brought up was that he began taking his ‘drug cocktail’ prior to the onset of the virus’ signature fever.
Source: Daily Mail
Clinical trials are beginning in Europe of several different drugs including chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and several other drugs to treat coronavirus.
Daniel Dae Kim gives an update on his Coronavirus diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/vDVdnydCa3
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Kim isn’t the only one, however.
A 52-year old man in Florida, Rio Giardinieri, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and developed pneumonia. He was put in the ICU with oxygen and after more than a week, doctors told him that there was nothing further that they could do, so he said goodbye to his wife and three children. A friend sent him an article about hydroxychloroquine that had been used overseas with some success. His friend gave him all the reasons not to try it, but Giardinieri wasn’t sure he’d “make it to morning” so he figured he’d give it a shot. He credits the medication for saving his life.
Despite the promising results, there is increasing opposition to these medications in the media. It seems that if the President says that it’s good, that it must somehow actually be bad.
They’ve accused him of peddling “false hope” and that the medication is “deadly in small doses.” That last one was a particularly egregious article by Bloomberg News that said just two grams can be deadly. Yes, and so can other drugs. How many times to you see medication prescribed by the gram?
Part of the fearmongering stems from the Very Fake News story that was going around in the Media(D) about the couple that decided to self-medicate with fish tank cleaner, chloroquine phosphate. Leftists blamed President Trump for the death of the man and that his wife is in critical care instead of the woman who saw fish tank cleaner on her shelf and dumped a tablespoon into their sodas to prevent them from getting COVID-19.
Speaking of fake news, there’s been a ton of it going around about what President Trump’s response to COVID-19. From the pearl-clutching of NBC’s Peter Alexander to pushing Chi-Com propaganda and outright lies, the Partisan Press has been working overtime to make this “Trump’s Katrina.” They’ve even gone so far as blatantly lie about what President Trump said about the medications that have shown some promise.
Wesley J. Smith at National Review covers these here:
First, the medicine has to be prescribed by a doctor. You can’t just go out and buy it.
Second, Trump never said the FDA had approved the drug for this use. He said he was ordering the FDA to fast-track the testing for this use since the drug had already gone through the approval process for other uses. That is absolutely true, and that included safety testing and an understanding of the potential side effects.
Prescribing hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus before that investigation is complete would be what is known as an “off-label” use — which is legal. Indeed, Trump specifically said it was for “compassionate use,” that is, to save someone who would otherwise be likely to die. There have been cases in France, for example, where it seems to have helped.
Dr. Fauci did not say he opposed using the drug for compassionate prescribing, but that (properly) he couldn’t say it would work because it hadn’t been tested.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has also supported trying the drug because of its positive anecdotal potential, to the point that the state obtained 70,000 doses and is about to start clinical use trials in New York.
Source: National Review