Michigan State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat from the city of Detroit, is no fan of President Donald Trump, but she is giving him credit for mentioning hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Chinese coronavirus.
Whitsett was diagnosed with coronavirus and prescribed hydroxychloroquine, the controversial treatment being used throughout the world on COVID patients. She said that it took “less than two hours” before she started feeling relief after the first time she took hydroxychloroquine.
She told the Detroit Free Press that she is familiar with “the wonders” that hydroxychloroquine can accomplish because of a previous bout with lyme disease but would have never thought to ask her physician for hydroxychloroquine to treat her coronavirus symptoms if President Trump had not brought it up during his daily coronavirus briefings.
“It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” Whitsett said. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”
“I am a fan of that [drug] and we’ll see what happens. I have seen things that are impressive. We’ll see. We’ll know soon. When you get to safety, this is prescribed for many years for people to combat malaria, which was a big problem,” Trump said about hydroxychloroquine.
“Everybody knows the level of the negatives and positives, but I will say that I am positive when it comes to particularly one of these drugs. We’ll see how it works. I am not saying it will but I think that people may be surprised. It is a game-changer. We’ll know very soon,” the president added.
Whitsett and her husband started feeling the symptoms for coronavirus on March 18. On March 31, she started taking hydroxychloroquine after receiving a physician’s prescription and felt immediate relief as a result, although she still suffers from headaches and is not completely recovered from the illness.
She may have caught the coronavirus from her husband, who works as an engineer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. His coronavirus test results have not come back yet, but Whitsett has tested positively. Detroit has become a hot spot for the spread of coronavirus, and Whitsett has already lost a fellow state lawmaker and other friends as a result.
“This is a very uncertain time,” the freshman legislator said. “As a lawmaker, I want to be sure, but I’m not always sure.”
“There have been pandemics before, so we do know that there will be an end to it,” she added.
Whitsett is urging people throughout the city of Detroit and other cities to take the pandemic seriously and adhere to social distancing guidelines to protect the public safety.
“I see it in my own community — not being quarantined and still having house parties,” she said.
While some Democrats are unwilling to give President Trump credit for his coronavirus pandemic response, Whitsett is thanking him and crediting him for helping to safe her life.