A Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after they both took chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to self-medicate for the coronavirus.
According to reports, the man in his 60s experienced “immediate effects” within 30 minutes of taking chloroquine phosphate, and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital.
His wife, also in her 60s, is in critical condition after taking the additive, which is used in aquariums to kill some organisms, like algae, that may harm fish.
Speaking about the sad incident, the man’s wife told NBC News she’d watched press briefings where Donald Trump talked about the potential benefits of chloroquine — and she recalled the name from the treatment she used on her koi fish.
“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, “Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?,” she told the outlet on the condition of anonymity.
“The couple mixed a small amount of their fish treatment with a liquid and drank it as a way to prevent the coronavirus”, she said.