In his first live Facebook video since recovering from COVID-19, Bolsonaro said, “I just had a blood test. I was a little weak yesterday. They also found a bit of infection. I’m on antibiotics now. It must be those 20 days inside the house, we catch other things. I got mold, mold in my lungs. That must be it. ”
The president spent nearly 20 days in semi-isolation, after testing positive for the virus on July 7 and other occasions. On July 25, he announced via Twitter that he had tested negative.
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the president’s press office.
The first lady, who was last seen in public on Wednesday afternoon as she attended an official event in Brasilia with her husband, “is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” the statement said.
“The first lady is accompanied by the medical team of the Presidency of the Republic,” the statement added.
In his speech on Thursday, the president also thanked God and hydroxychloroquine for his health.
“I am cured of Covid. I have antibodies, no problem. In my particular case, I thank God first, and second, the drug prescribed by the presidential doctor: hydroxychloroquine, ”Bolsonaro said.
“The next day, I was already doing well. Whether it was a coincidence or not, I don’t know. But it works, ”added the president.
Numerous studies have shown that the drug – also touted by US President Donald Trump – is ineffective against COVID-19 and may even be harmful.
Brazil is second after the United States in number of coronavirus infections and deaths. But Bolsonaro played down the virus for months and often appears in public and at rallies without a face mask, even kissing supporters.
The president made an appearance on horseback Thursday during a visit to Piaui state, where he was greeted by supporters, some of whom were not wearing masks.
In a video posted on Bolsonaro’s official Facebook page, the president is seen riding a horse, which is handed over to him upon arrival at Sao Raimundo Notato airport. Bolsonaro initially wore a mask, but removed it while celebrating with supporters.
The visit aimed to improve Bolsonaro’s political relations with regional authorities and to inaugurate a water system in Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the northeast of the state of Bahia, a region known for its severe droughts.