Rita Wilson, was one of the first celebrities to reveal that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but now, she’s opening up about the “extreme” side effects she experienced while taking the drug chloroquine during her illness.
Wilson’s husband Tom Hanks announced last month that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.
They recuperated while in Australia. The couple has shared many updates with their fans as they recovered, and Wilson spoke to Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Tuesday to share more details about her recovery.
Wilson said she was “very tired, extremely achy, uncomfortable, didn’t want to be touched, and then the fever started” when she was sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
“Chills like I’ve never had before Looking back, I also realized that I was losing my sense of taste and smell, which I didn’t realize it at the time,” she added.
She told King that her fever reached “close to 102” and that she had to take chloroquine, which has been used since the 1940s to prevent and treat malaria as well as to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
It’s currently being used as a treatment for COVID-19, however its effectiveness has not yet been proven.
“About Day 9, they gave me chloroquine. And I know people have been talking about this drug, but I can only tell you that I don’t know if the drug worked or it was just time for the fever to break,” Wilson said.
Wilson went on to describe the side effects she says she experienced from chloroquine, which can include heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.
“But my fever did break. But the chloroquine had such extreme side effects. I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo.
I could not walk, and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate about that drug.
We don’t really know if it’s helpful in this case,” Wilson explained.
Wilson said that her husband had “milder symptoms” than she did.