Man dies and his wife is under critical care after they took chloroquine phosphate – an additive used to clean fish tanks – in an attempt to self-medicate for the coronavirus.
After 30 minutes of taking chloroquine phosphate, the man in his 60s experienced an effect immediately and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital, the medical system in Arizona said in a press release Monday.
His wife, who is also in her 60s, is in critical condition after taking chloroquine phosphate, which is used in aquariums to kill some micro-organisms, like algae, that may harm fish.
Chloroquine has been approved by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for Covid-19, but it’s also “an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks,” Banner Health stated in a statement.
Chloroquine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. But the FDA has not approved it to treat the coronavirus(COVID-19).
The man’s wife told NBC News she’d watched press briefings where Trump talked about the potential benefits of chloroquine — and she or he recalled the name from the treatment she used on her koi fish.
“I saw it sitting on the rear shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the things they’re talking about on TV?,’” she told the outlet on the condition of anonymity.
The couple mixed alittle amount of their fish treatment with a liquid and drank it as how to stop the coronavirus, she said.