Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has a “mold in the lung” after having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19.
In his first Facebook live video since recovering from Covid-19, Bolsonaro said: “I’ve just taken a blood exam. I was a bit weak yesterday. They have also found a bit of an infection. I’m taking antibiotics now. It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we catch other things. I’ve caught mold, mold in my lungs. It must be that.”
The President spent nearly 20 days in semi-isolation, after testing positive for the virus on July 7 and on subsequent occasions. On July 25, he announced via Twitter that he had tested negative
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, has also tested positive for Covid-19.
On his Thursday address, the President also thanked God and hydroxychloroquine for his health.
“I’m healed from Covid. I have antibodies, no problems. In my particular case, I first thank God, and secondly, the medication prescribed by the presidential doctor: hydroxychloroquine,” Bolsonaro said.
“The following day, I was already OK. If it was a coincidence or not, I don’t know. But it works,” the president added.
Numerous studies have shown that the drug — also touted by US President Donald Trump — is ineffective against Covid-19, and may even be harmful.
Brazil is second only to the United States in numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths. But Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus for months, and often appears in public and at rallies without a face mask, even hugging supporters.