Too bad Barack Obama wasn’t the president who publicly acknowledged that chloroquine, a drug historically used to treat malaria, was anecdotally effective in treating COVID-19 infection. If it had been him or some other prominent Democrat, Rita Wilson, the wife of fellow actor Tom Hanks, might have responded well to the treatment. Seeing as how the messenger was instead Donald Trump (aka the devil incarnate), Wilson suffered “extreme side effects” that included nausea, vertigo, and muscle weakness.
Which is not to say she didn’t respond to the treatment. She did get better, although she says she’s not sure if that is because the drug worked or it was administered just in time for her fever to break, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In spite of that, Wilson is warning others about her ordeal.
But could the symptoms Wilson experienced be attributable to some other cause? Could they derive from — let’s go out on a limb here — the COVID-19 infection itself? According to medical sources I consulted, that seems plausible. Yhe Wisconsin Department of Public Health indeed lists nausea one of the symptoms of the disease. So, according to Harvard Medical School, are “muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, dizziness, confusion, delirium, seizures, and stroke.”
These facts raise at least the possibility that Rita Wilson’s “extreme side effects” weren’t side effects at all but symptoms of her infection.
But if you submit to that interpretation, there’s no story that the Left can use to bludgeon the president. Which, after all, is what this whole bit of silliness is about.