‘Lost’ actor says drug Trump touted was ‘secret weapon’ to his COVID-19 recovery

Daniel Dae Kim, star of “Lost,” posted a video on Instagram saying he has pretty much recovered from coronavirus and touted the antimalarial drug that President Trump is pushing — and being attacked for by many in the liberal media.

Kim said in a video shared on Thursday he had tested positive for the Chinese virus COVID-19, and went into detail on what he was experiencing. On Saturday, he posted a follow-up video on his progress.

“I am happy to report that my progress has continued and I practically feel back to normal,” the actor said. “I am lucky enough to be in the 80% of diagnosed cases that have not required hospitalization.”

Explaining that he’s almost symptom-free, Kim told viewers he remains in isolation until Monday.

He offered a dissertation on the shortage of coronavirus tests and medical supplies, and why he will not test again.

“There just aren’t enough tests for everyone who needs them. This continues to be a serious problem in our country, not to mention the shortage of medical supplies” Kim said.

But he then explained the “main reason” he was posting the video.

“One of the first questions that people ask me was what medicines did you take,” the actor said.

He went on to say that his doctor prescribes a “drug cocktail.”

“It consisted of Tamiflu, which is an antiviral, the antibiotic Azithromycin, more commonly known as a Z-Pac, a Glycopyrrolate inhaler, and that was used to ease breathing and the inflammation that’s commonly associated with COVID,” Kim said. “And here’s what I consider to be the secret weapon, Hydroxychloroquine.”

“This is a common antimalarial drug that has been used with great success in Korea in their fight against the coronavirus,” he said. “And, yes, this is the drug the president mentioned the other day.”

Ever cautious, Kim stressed that he wasn’t saying others should use these drugs, but added that he is certain that they played a “crucial” role in his recovery.

‘I won’t say this is a cure and I won’t say definitively that you should go out and use it, but what I will say is that I believe it was crucial to my recovery,” he said. “I believe the entire mixture of drugs was crucial to my recovery.”

Among the drugs fast-tracked by Trump were chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, a related drug. Remdesivir, previously used to treat humans who contracted Ebola, was another drug included and has also been praised as being helpful in the treatment of coronavirus.

“We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA has been so great,” the president said Thursday at a press briefing.

Trump got into a heated exchange with NBC reporter Peter Alexander on Friday over his “positive spin” on the potential of the drugs, after Alexander asked if his “impulse to put a positive spin on things is maybe giving Americans a false sense of hope.”

“The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope,” Trump replied. “And you’re doing sensationalism.”

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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