A woman from Wisconsin decided to listen to Donald Trump and took hydroxychloroquine in hopes that it would make her immune from contracting the coronavirus. Now, she is angry at the president after she got sick with the virus while taking the drug Trump recommended.
In an interview with local news station WISN, a Wisconsin resident who is asking only to be identified as Kim says that she believed she was safe from contracting COVID-19 because she has been using hydroxychloroquine for the past two decades to treat her lupus.
That changed when she began feeling symptoms last month.
“Weak all over,” she said, describing her symptoms. “Coughing, fever. The fever was very high. It just went downhill from there. I couldn’t breathe no more.”
She went to the emergency room and was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19.
“When they gave the diagnosis, I felt like it was a death sentence. I was like, ‘I’m going to die,’” Kim said. “I’m like, ‘How can I be sick? How? I’m on the hydroxychloroquine.’ They were like, ‘Well, nobody ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe’ and it definitely did not.”
Kim tells WISN that she is upset at Trump for promoting the drug as a “cure” for COVID-19.
“[Hydroxychloroquine] is not going to prevent anything,” she said. “You can still get coronavirus. It kind of makes me mad that [President Trump] thinks it’s going to do that and is telling the whole world it’s going to do that.”