Okupe had on Tuesday announced that him and his wife Aduralere, have been discharged from isolation centre after recovering from coronavirus.
“On the 23rd of April, my wife, Aduralere, and I tested positive to COVID-19 virus. To the Glory of God we were discharged this morning after obtaining two negative reports,” he tweeted.
And on Thursday, the media practitioner gave load down of his treatment at the centre and tips on how to survive the virus.
“The medications I took for my #COVID19 infection. Hydroxychloroquine: 400mg daily for 2days; thereafter, 400mg daily for 3days. Azithromycin: 500mg daily for 10 days. Zinc Sulphate: 100mg daily till today. Vitamin C 1200mg daily till now.,” he tweeted.
“I MUST WARN HERE THAT IF YOU HAVE CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS, YOU WILL NEED TO CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE YOU TAKE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. I DID. So I was advised to use 200mg twice daily, instead of 400mg twice daily for 2days.
“Before the arrival of the results of the swab tests, I put my wife & I on the treatment. My low grade fever disappeared completely and my wife’s bone pains too. Personally, I believe the chloroquine combination which is the official treatment regime in Ogun state actually works.
“Lagos uses antiviral drugs and they also get good results. However, the scientific truth we know about treatment for viral infection is that ultimately what eventually works is the innate capability of the immune system of individual patients.
“It is the immunity level that eventually decides the course of the infection in each individual. That is why age and coexisting comobidity factors, like obesity, hypertension & diabetes or Renal diseases are crucial to survival and wellbeing of infected patients.“This is what gives younger people better prospects with the virus. Hence, for those who are not sick, you should ingest immune boosting drugs and preparations… Like Zinc Sulphate, immunace, #RELOAD and similar immunity enhancing drugs.
“I also took copious amount of ginger, garlic, tumeric and lemon. In kaduna, I am told that they add dongoyaro leaves to the above mixture and drink liberally.
“With my medical background and consultations locally with colleagues, I already made up my mind that the chloroquine regime was so far the most promising. I’d ordered for the drugs just in case someone close or even I should unfortunately pick up the virus.
“As a tip also, it is known that when the virus first gains access into the body, it stays in the nasal cavity and the throat for 2-3 days. In this position, the virus itself is vulnerable. It dies naturally in temperatures above 35°C.
“If at this stage you can consume large quantities of hot water with lemon frequently, you can abort the attack! The good news is that 90 to 95% of infected people will recover, and some even without hospitalization.
“My Advice! Pursue personal safety at whatever cost. #StayAtHome. Dont visit & dont recieve visitors; family or friends. Check drivers, maids and aides. Since its may be difficult to gauge their compliance, either reduce to the barest minimum or do without.
His tweets below.
Doyin Okupe was Special Assistant to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Media and Publicity, and Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs.