Rita Wilson said she felt “completely nauseous”, had sore muscles, dizziness and could not walk after taking chloroquine as a treatment for coronaviruses.
The singer and opera actress contracted COVID-19 along with her husband Tom Hanks while working in Australia and were among the first celebrities to reveal that they had the disease.
Wilson recalled on CBS this morning Tuesday that she felt very tired, extremely sore, uncomfortable and “didn’t want to be touched”, and lost her sense of taste and smell while suffering from the symptoms.
But the side effects of chloroquine phosphate – an antimalarial drug that has been called revolutionary by President Trump – are much worse, according to Wilson.
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“I think people should be very careful about this drug,” Wilson told Gayle King on CBS This Morning. “We don’t know if it’s useful”
Rita Wilson said her treatment with chloroquine in Australia “had extreme side effects” after contracting a coronavirus at the same time as her husband Tom Hanks
“They gave me chloroquine,” she said of a 102-year-old fever. “I know people have talked about this drug. I can only tell you that I don’t know if the medicine worked or that it was just time for the fever to stop.
“My fever broke, but chloroquine had extreme side effects. I was completely nauseous and dizzy. I couldn’t walk. My muscles were very weak. I think people should be very careful with this medicine. We don’t know if it’s useful.
The drug kills malaria parasites in the blood, thereby stopping tropical disease. But it’s unclear if this could be a breakthrough for the coronavirus that killed more than 23,000 people in the United States on Tuesday afternoon.
Tests of the drug – which has been used for 70 years – on COVID-19 patients in China show that it has potential in the fight against the deadly virus.
President Trump has touted the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (antibiotic) as “one of the greatest game changers in the history of medicine.”
Doctors in New York, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington and California told Reuters that they regularly use hydroxychloroquine.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has also repeatedly praised the benefits of chloroquine and azithromycin without evidence. In fact, the results of the hydroxychloroquine trials have been mixed.
A recent study in Brazil was stopped soon after users developed cardiac arrhythmias.
President Trump touted the hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin (antibiotic) combination, calling it a gamechanger
Wilson, 63, said that even if the couple contracted the disease at the same time – from someone they couldn’t identify – Hanks, also 63, had milder symptoms.
“He didn’t have such a high fever, he didn’t lose his sense of taste or smell, but it still took us the same time to overcome it,” said Wilson to the host. from CBS, Gayle King.
Now they are both feeling good and are trying to use the experience to help defeat the coronavirus, which infected more than 582,500 people in the United States on Tuesday afternoon.
When asked if their couple knew they were immune to the strain now that they have recovered, Wilson replied to King: “They told us and that is what the belief is.
“Recently we participated in a study where we donated our blood and we are waiting to know if our antibodies will be useful to develop a vaccine and also if we are able to donate plasma which can be used as donation to others people who suffer from the virus because we are better, ”she added.
Wilson said she used music to help her overcome the brutal effects of the disease.
Wilson said Hanks had milder symptoms because he hadn’t lost his taste or smell and didn’t have such a high fever, but it took them a while to recover. In the photo, Tom Hanks hosts Saturday Night Live on the night of April 11, when all the actors appeared from their homes during the coronavirus crisis
One of those moments was a hit on the Internet and caught the attention of rap group Naughty By Nature. She said it took her a month to learn their Hip Hop song Hurray for a scene in a movie called Boy Genius and described it as “like learning a foreign language”.
The opera singer thought it would be a good test of her memory during her recovery. “I was just sitting there in quarantine and thought oh, maybe I should do this for a brain exercise and see if I can still remember the lyrics,” she said.
“I thought if I published this it could be something fun and show people that we are fine and I think it really did me good, it is that the naughty by nature commented on it and said that she loved it, then that idea came that we should do a remix of it.
Wilson added, “Every time you broadcast it, it translates into money and all that money will go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. “
Last weekend, Hanks was also back to his job.
The actor hosted Saturday Night Live when all of the actors appeared from their homes during the coronavirus crisis.
Wilson said she used music to help her overcome the brutal effects of the disease. She remixed Hip Hop Hooray with Naughty By Nature, to raise funds for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHLOROQUIN
WHAT IS THAT?
Chloroquine is an older version of an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine.
It is also an immunosuppressive drug that can treat lupus.
In this April 9 archive photo, a chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in New Delhi, India
It may have the power to stop the replication of coronaviruses in cells and settle in the bodyEntry of SARS-CoV-2 into cells in an in vitro experiment.
He blocked the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into cells in an in vitro experiment.
The malaria drug is also said to have antiviral activity.
It can be made at a low price and is sold under the Aralen brand.
In a small French study, some COVID-19 patients showed improvements but there was no way of knowing if the drug was the reason.
Results published in April of another study in France and one in China found no benefit in patients treated with the drug. Dozens of other clinical studies are underway around the world.
Cardiac arrhythmias are a known side effect of chloroquine from studies in patients with malaria and autoimmune disorders.
A quarter of the 81 patients who received 600 mg of chloroquine in a study on the coronavirus in Brazil developed cardiac arrhythmias and were perhaps more at risk of dying.
In particular, patients developing cardiac arrhythmias were treated with a higher dose than that used for most patients in the United States.