Councilman Paul Vallone says hydroxychloroquine 'basically saved me' from COVID

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August 08, 2020 - 11:25 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- City Councilman Paul Vallone credits the controversial malaria drug hydroxychloroquine with saving his life as he battled the coronavirus earlier this year.

Vallone, a Democrat representing Queens, told the New York Post that the drug “worked for me” when he was battling a bad case of the virus back in March.

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“I couldn’t breathe, very weak, couldn’t get out of bed,” Vallone told the paper. “My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two to three days I was able to breathe.”

Vallone, who suffers from the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, said his case was bad enough that he “needed something to stay alive.” He took hydroxychloroquine with a flu Z-pack and “within a week I was back on my feet.”

Hydroxychloroquine has made headlines this year after it was repeatedly touted by President Donald Trump, who briefly took the drug himself.

“At that time, there was only fear and panic, he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none, Vallone said of the president. “With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID symptoms, it basically saved me. For that my family will always be thankful.”

The effectiveness of the drug has been questioned, with the FDA saying in June: “Based on continued review of scientific data, FDA has determined that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 and therefore we are revoking the emergency use authorization for these drugs.”