New York City Councilman Paul Vallone, a Democrat, told the New York Post that he believes the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine saved his life after his doctor prescribed it to him in March.
Vallone was struggling to function after contracting the coronavirus.
"I couldn't breathe, very weak, couldn't get out of bed," said Vallone. "My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two or three days I was able to breathe. Within a week I was back on my feet."
The councilman suffers from a condition known as sarcoidosis, which is a disorder that attacks his lungs. That pre-existing condition greatly weakened his body's immune response to the virus and left him and his family "in panic mode." Hydroxychloroquine, he says, helped him "stay alive." Vallone was prescribed the drug along with the standard antibiotic known as Z-Pak.
Peter Vallone, Paul Vallone's brother, also touted the drug, saying in a May 12 Facebook post that "all those doctors who are prescribing it are right."
Paul Vallone agreed in the comments: "[It] saved my life."
Although the effectiveness of the drug has been intensely debated, several studies have pointed to its value.
In early July, the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit reported that use of hydroxychloroquine "cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19." That was followed by a July 16 report from Korea that said the drug is especially useful if administered early after diagnosis.