According tomedia BGR reported that the new coronavirus is still extremely threatening, because it is highly contagious, long incubation period, can be asymptomatic or similar to the signs of common influenza. Since the advent of COVID-19 in China nearly three months ago, scientists have been eager to understand its pathology, and we have seen incredible results ever since. However, there is still no treatment that can increase recovery time and kill the virus before it causes fatal respiratory complications.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is overseeing large-scale trials of four different drugs and combinations that have proved successful in more limited studies and include an old drug used to treat malaria. While health experts warn that there is no definitive evidence that antimalarial drugs can speed up the recovery of COVID-19, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine have made headlines in recent days after U.S. President Donald Trump praised the drug on television. However, there may be anecdotal evidence that some patients may recover more quickly after receiving chloroquine treatment. Now a new coronary patient in Florida believes last-minute hydroxychloroquine treatment saved his life.
Rio Giardinieri, 52, told Fox 11 LA that he thought he had contracted COVID-19 at a conference in New York. He then developed symptoms such as a continuous high fever for five days, back pain, headache, cough and tiredness – he slept 15 hours a day instead of the usual five hours. He said the doctor didn’t meet him, so he drove to Joey DiMaggio Hospital in South Florida, where he “nearly fainted” while waiting for a check-up.
He was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia and neo-coronavirus, and eventually entered ICO for oxygen therapy. He was still unable to breathe, and more than a week later the doctor told him there was nothing they could do.
On Friday night, he and his wife and children made a final farewell when a friend sent him news about chloroquine therapy. At that time Giardinieri turned to the doctor for help with hydroxychloroquine drugs:
They gave me all the reasons Why I might not want to try because there was no test, no test, no approval. I said I didn’t know if I had to wait until the morning, because I really thought I was going to end my life because I couldn’t breathe. He agreed and authorized it, and after thirty minutes the nurse gave it to me.
After an hour of treatment, he felt the heart begin to recover:
They have to come in and calm me down and take care of me. About two hours later, I had another unable to breathe, so they gave me Benadryl and some other things through the system. I’m not sure what that is. It allowed me to sleep, and when I woke up at exactly 4:45 a.m., I woke up like nothing had happened.
Since then, he has not had a fever, feels good and can breathe again. Doctors don’t think Giardinieri’s remission was a reaction to drugs, but the patient believes it was the drugs that saved his life:
For me, there is no doubt that I may not be able to hold on till morning. So for me, this drug saved my life.
However, it is not sufficient to conclude that chloroquine can improve COVID-19 treatment. A man has died after taking an antimalarial drug to self-treat coronavirus. In addition, the Government of Nigeria reported chloroquine poisoning, as people began to buy the drug in pharmacies following Trump’s comments about the drug in the press.
It is important to note that because the drug is not a vaccine, it is not possible to prevent infection. In addition, any COVID-19 treatment based on antimalarial drugs should be performed by a doctor in a hospital. The WHO large-scale trial is expected to provide more answers on the efficiency and safety of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, when authorities will be able to decide whether they should be used to treat new coronaviruses.
So far, a limited study in France has shown some hope, but an equally limited study from China refutes these findings, saying chloroquine is no better than other COVID-19 treatments currently tried in hospitals.