New York City Councilman Paul Vallone credits hydroxychloroquine for his recovery after being infected with COVID-19 in March.
Vallone, a Democrat representing northeast Queens, said he took hydroxychloroquine along with a standard Z-pack given for bacterial infections and made a full recovery.
“I couldn’t breathe, very weak, couldn’t get out of bed. My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two to three days I was able to breathe. Within a week I was back on my feet,” Vallone said in a Post interview.
Vallone announced his diagnosis in an April 1 Twitter post but admitted that his condition was much worse than what he had let people know. Vallone has a pre-existing condition called sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs, and this made having COVID-19 much more critical.
“We were in panic mode when I went down because I didn’t have a lot of immune response. I needed something to stay alive. Hydroxychloroquine worked for me,” he said.
Peter Vallone, his brother serving as a civil court judge in Queens verified the story.
“I guess all those doctors who are prescribing it are right. This drug is already on the market and the patent is up so it’s cheap. A new drug won’t be. So big money does not want this drug to be used. Always follow the money,” Peter Vallone said.
Hydroxychloroquine, is a drug for Malaria that came back into the spotlight this year with the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. It is controversial because President Trump has received flak for calling the drug a cure for COVID-19.
“You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it. The frontline workers — many, many are taking it,” Trump said in May.