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Tom Hanks’ wife says chloroquine gave her ‘extreme side effects,’ fever breaking was possible coincidence

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Aside from the fact that the medical opinion of an actress amounts to little more than a hill of beans in this crazy world we now find ourselves in, let it be known that there are side-effects to drugs.

Rita Wilson, married to actor Tom Hanks, complained about “extreme side-effects” of the antimalarial drug chloroquine she was given after the celebrity couple contracted the coronavirus while in Australia.

Not only that, but Wilson cautioned that more consideration should be given to using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the Wuhan virus COVID-19.

“I was very tired. I felt extremely achy,” Wilson said in an interview with CBS anchor Gayle King.

 

“Uncomfortable, didn’t want to be touched and then the fever started. Chills like I’ve never had before,” she said of her symptoms. “Looking back, I realize I was also losing my sense of taste and smell which I didn’t realize at the time.”

Wilson said her temperature “got close to 102” about nine days after her positive test results, and that she was given chloroquine. Wilson and Hanks were admitted to Gold Coast University hospital in Queensland for treatment — though she noted that Hanks experienced “milder symptoms.”

While her fever subsided after taking the drug, the actress was not willing to credit chloroquine for making it happen.

“They gave me chloroquine,” she explained. “I know people have been talking about this drug. But I can only tell you that I don’t know if the drug worked or if it was just time for the fever to break.

“My fever did break but the chloroquine had such extreme side effects,” Wilson said.

The side effects she shared included feeling “completely nauseous” and having vertigo.

“I could not walk,” Wilson complained. “My muscles felt very weak.”

Of course, this is better than not being able to walk at all, as death has a tendency to permanently demobilize an individual.

“I think people have to be very considerate about that drug,” Wilson added. “We don’t really know if it’s helpful in this case.”

A spokeswoman for Gold Coast University hospital would not confirm whether Hanks and Wilson were given chloroquine, but said “selected patients” did receive the drug, The Guardian reported.

“Gold Coast Health has used a variety of medication in patients with more severe Covid-19,” a spokeswoman said. “Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir-ritonavir have been used on selected patients.”

There are a litany of side effects associated with the drug, according to Drugs.com

The side effects include:

  • dizziness or fainting
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • joint or muscle pain
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs

 

It’s rather remarkable how many on the left were quick to denounce chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine after President Donald Trump suggested that the drugs have had some promising results in battling COVID-19.

The media lost its mind complaining that the president was recommending the drug — he did not. There was even an attempt to blame the death of a man who ingested a fish-bowl cleaner on President Trump.

At least, there was until it was learned that the man’s wife was a “prolific” Democratic donor who backed Hillary Clinton and that the couple was self-medicating.

Tom Tillison

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