The coronavirus is scaring the country to death and there does not seem to be any kind of hope on the horizon. Experts are telling people that they most likely will get over the illness, but that is different for those that are having breathing problems. Others with underlying conditions are also at risk of death should the virus infect them. The race to find something that will stop the virus in its tracks may have been found. As one man from Florida testifies there was a drug combination that he believes saved his life.
Rio Giardinieri is the man from Florida that is claiming an anti-malarial drug cured his sickness. Giardinieri was put into the hospital after finding out he contracted the virus after a work meeting in New York. He ended up having the virus along with a case of pneumonia. This was enough to start his downward spiral to a near-death moment.
President Trump has empowered all the people in the medical community to do their jobs. He is working hard to streamline the equipment and supplies that they need to combat COVID-19. He has even praised the people that are looking at combination drugs to help combat the virus. And now it seems that what the president suspected about an anti-malarial drug may be coming true. The drug is now being tested to see if it will stop COVID-19.
If Giardinieri has he say about the drug he would agree that the president is right about this one. The fever, trouble breathing and other symptoms seemed to go away after being administered the drugs. He stated that “I was at the point where I was barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging. I really thought my end was there. I had been through nine days of solid pain and for me, the end was there. So I made some calls to say in my own way goodbye to my friends and family.” He was in bad shape and there was nothing that could be done.
The drug that is being experimented with the called hydroxychloroquine. It is a drug that is used to treat things like lupus and other auto-immune diseases. Early on the drug was thought to have virus stopping properties. President Trump has urged the FDA to step up their testing to see if it works. If it has any effect there would be hope for the world. The FDA still yet has to respond to the idea of the drugs being able to work as they are claiming they do.
Ironically the doctor that administered the drugs tried to give every reason to Giardinieri why it would not work. In his own words, he said the doctor “gave me all the reasons why I would probably not want to try it because there are no trials, there’s no testing, it was not something that was approved.” Under his own decision, he decided to try anyway. After all, what did he have to lose? He stated that “I said, ‘look I don’t know if I’m going to make it until the morning,’ because at that point I really thought I was coming to the end because I couldn’t breathe anymore.”
The drugs were given, and he started to feel the effects of his heart beating fast and problems breathing. Giardinieri also mentioned that he was given Benadryl and some other things to help and after he woke up the next day feeling like a million dollars. His fever is gone, and he is breathing better than before. The doctors claim that his body was fighting the infections, so he was not having a reaction to the medications.
In a day of terrible news flooding the airways, there is one story of hope. Giardinieri believed that had he not taken the drugs, then he would not have survived the night. He believes that the drugs saved his life. His hopes are high that in a few more days he will be able to leave the hospital.