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Rita Wilson warns against chloroquine, citing ‘extreme side effects’

While fighting COVID-19, Wilson was put on chloroquine. Now she is warning others against taking the drug.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson arrive for the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. They were some of the first notable celebrities to catch the COVID-19 virus.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson arrive for the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. They were some of the first notable celebrities to catch the COVID-19 virus.
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Actress Rita Wilson recently discussed her personal journey to recovery after she and her husband, Tom Hanks, were diagnosed with COVID-19 more than a month ago.

In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Wilson shared her symptoms.

After sharing her symptoms — exhaustion, fevers, chills and loss of taste and smell — Wilson revealed that she was put on chloroquine nine days into her fight with the coronavirus.

But what did she have to say about the infamous drug, most popularly toted by President Donald Trump? Well, Wilson was not a fan.

While Wilson speculated in the interview that the drug may have possibly helped to bring down her fever, she warned that it gave her “extreme side effects,” making her extremely nauseated and weak while also giving her vertigo.

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

And many studies are finding the same, the Hollywood Reporter reports. One Brazilian study of the drug was abruptly ended after a quarter of the participants developed new heart rhythm problems after being given the higher dosage of the drug.

Luckily, both Wilson and Hanks have recovered from coronavirus and the side effects of chloroquine, and now CNN reports they are donating blood in order to help researchers, as the blood of those who have recovered from the disease contains antibodies that can be used to develop vaccines and treatments.

Wilson has also teamed up with the band Naughty By Nature to release a charity remix of their famous hit “Hip Hop Hooray,” NPR reports.