A Harford County woman who was given the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine along with a Z-Pak antibiotic treatment to combat the Coronavirus said the drug cocktail didn’t work.
“I thought that maybe it had worked, but apparently it didn’t work,” said Kenya Arnold of Abingdon, who spent four days at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air after testing positive for COVID-19.
Kenya Arnold’s symptoms began on March 18. She had just about all of the ones described by experts minus the fever. She lost her sense of taste and smell, had bouts of diarrhea, experienced shortness of breath, and also suffered from terrible headaches. After a trip to the doctor, where she tested negative for the flu, she was then sent for a Coronavirus test at an emissions testing site in Bel Air.
She was treated with oxygen and then hydroxychloroquine along with Z-Pak. Her heart stopped twice. She began feeling better, but then one day after Easter Sunday as she was outside with her kids and husband, she relapsed.
“I could not catch air,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe. They rushed me back to the hospital.”
She was then sent home after a quick emergency room visit.
Arnold said the controversial drug cocktail, touted repeatedly by President Donald Trump.
“I felt worse after that first visit to the hospital,” she said. “I understand the efforts that they are trying to do whatever is necessary to try and to be able to combat this, but a little bit more research even though I know time is limited, needs to be done.”
The U.S Food and Drug Administration warned health professionals last month that hydroxychloroquine should not be used to treat COVID-19 outside of hospital or research settings due to its sometimes deadly side effects. Research has shown it’s not effective in fighting the virus. This week, Trump said he has been taking the medication as a preventative measure, though there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine can prevent the Coronavirus.
Arnold’s most recent Coronavirus test came back negative. Doctors do not know if she can still transmit the virus or if she can get infected again.