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Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert is undergoing a controversial treatment for coronavirus after receiving a positive diagnosis on Saturday.
Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump and other Republicans, though scientists have warned against using it to treat COVID-19.
“My doctor and I are all in,” Gohmert told Fox News. “That will start in a day or two.”
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Gohmert said a doctor friend of his is using hydroxychloroquine and that his own treatment would include hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin and zinc.
In a statement yesterday, Gohmert said he was asymptomatic and speculated that wearing a mask is what gave him coronavirus. Gohmert has previously refused to wear a mask and has been seen walking around Capitol Hill without one.
“Look, I’ve worn a mask more the last week or two than I have in the whole last four months,” Gohmert said Wednesday. “I was wearing my mask at the judiciary hearing.”
“But it is interesting, and I don’t know about everybody, but when I have a mask on, I’m moving it to make it comfortable and I can’t help but wonder if that puts some germs in the mask,” Gohmert continued. “Anyway, who knows.”
Gohmert was tested in a pre-screening before he was supposed to join Trump on a visit to West Texas. He said he spoke to the president after his diagnosis.
“I told him, ‘Mr. President, if you had not invited me to go with you to West Texas, I would never have known I had the coronavirus,” Gohmert said on Fox.