Joy Behar, a co-host on ABC’s The View, criticized one Republican lawmaker’s decision to take hydroxychloroquine after he was prescribed the drug to treat his coronavirus diagnosis.
While U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) has since recovered from the virus, Behar questioned him directly about the treatment during an on-air interview on Tuesday, Breitbart reported.
“I went into the Butler hospital drive-thru, got tested,” Kelly said, according to Breitbart. “Within 24 hours, they told me, ‘Listen, you have the virus, so what we want you to do is stay home and we’ll prescribe stuff.'”
“There are terrible consequences”
He said he soon began taking antibiotics and hydroxychloroquine, prompting Behar to confirm she had heard him correctly.
“Wow, I can’t believe anybody with a brain would take that stuff, but you seem like an intelligent guy,” she said, according to Breitbart. “You’re a representative in Congress. Why would you take that drug? There are terrible consequences.”
In addition to confirming he took the experimental treatment, Kelly used his television appearance to criticize Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, for ongoing “one-size-fits-all” coronavirus shutdowns.
“Philadelphia is completely different than Erie, Pennsylvania, where we had hardly any cases of the virus and very few deaths,” he said, according to YourErie.com. “Never had an overload in our hospital.”
“I came out of it within about nine days”
Wolf addressed the state’s color-coded reopening plan in comments on Wednesday, including a push to resume professional sporting events in some modified form.
“I’m working with a number of professional sports leagues, from NASCAR to NFL to NHL to MLB and others to figure out how we can move to some semblance of normalcy as we get back into the sports seasons,” he explained, according to a report from PennLive.
As for Kelly, he said medical professionals informed him on May 12 that he was clear of the virus.
“I can’t say definitely if that’s what cured me, but I can say definitively that I took it and I can say that I went through a period of time that I was sick,” he said of the hydroxychloroquine treatment, as Breitbart reported. “I came out of it within about nine days and self-quarantined another month on top of that.”
While Behar and others might point to uncertainties about the safety and efficacy of the anti-malarial drug on strains of the coronavirus, Kelly and his doctor made the decision to try something that has shown promising early results. If following a doctor’s advice is now considered worthy of ridicule, many Americans are sure to wonder how the nation is ever going to get past this crisis.