Donald Trump has always downplayed the coronavirus, now he himself is infected. He and his wives show mild symptoms. His doctor is treating him with a method that has not yet been tried.
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On January 21 of this year, US President Donald Trump said about the coronavirus: “We have it completely under control. It’s about a person who is from China. Everything will be fine.” About nine months later, Trump himself was infected with the virus. First Lady Melania was also infected. Both show symptoms. The US president suspended his personal campaign appearances for now and is now being treated by his doctor with an experimental antibody cocktail.
The US President wrote on Twitter, “We will immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We will get through this together!” His personal doctor has also confirmed that Trump will continue to run the office. In a statement, Sean Conley stated, “You can be assured that I expect the president to continue to perform his duties uninterrupted during his recovery.”
Trump belongs to the risk group
Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed a report in the New York Times that afternoon, according to which the US president is showing mild symptoms of the disease. The president was “in a good mood”. Meadows was “optimistic” that the president will recover “soon”.
The Chief of Staff did not specify the nature of the symptoms. However, the New York Times, citing two people who had been made aware of Trump’s condition, wrote that the symptoms were cold-like symptoms. A treatment plan for the president was discussed on Thursday evening.
Trump’s personal physician Sean Conley announced in the afternoon (local time) that he had administered a dose of synthetic antibodies from the US pharmaceutical company Regeneron to the president. The manufacturer had only requested permission for the experimental cocktail with active ingredients in September. Conley spoke of a “precautionary measure”.
The president also takes zinc, vitamin D, melatonin, a drug for sleep disorders, the antacid famotidine and a daily aspirin. Trump was generally tired, but “cheerful,” Conley said. The US president’s campaign team had previously announced that all of the president’s in-person campaign appearances would be postponed or kept online until further notice.
First wife Melania Trump announced on Twitter that she also had mild symptoms of an illness. But in general she is doing well. She is preparing for a speedy recovery, the first lady wrote. The White House had initially only announced that Trump and his wife were doing well. No symptoms were reported.
Trump has been fighting obesity for years
The American president likes to boast about his health. He also wanted to show his health in the election campaign against Hillary Clinton. But at the age of 74, Trump belongs to the corona risk group. According to the Robert Koch Institute, almost nine out of ten patients who died with Covid-19 (86 percent) are 70 years of age or older. The American president falls into this age group.
In addition, Trump has been fighting obesity for years, also a risk factor for Covid 19’s disease. His former personal physician Ronny Jackson said in an interview with the “New York Times”that he tried everything to make Trump lose 15 pounds, but it didn’t work.
In addition, Trump has had to defend himself for months against reports that he has had a stroke. Experts claim to have detected signs of a neurological condition, such as a stroke, on video recordings. In addition, an unannounced stay at Trump’s hospital fueled rumors in September. His personal physician Conley then wrote that Donald Trump had had no stroke and no disruption of the cardiovascular system.
A White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “The president takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works for him and the American people very seriously.” In public, however, he usually did not wear mouth and nose protection.
In May, it emerged that Trump said he was using a malaria drug to prevent Covid-19 disease. Since the president is now infected, the acclaimed “hydroxychloroquine” doesn’t seem to have done much.
In the United States, tens of thousands of people are still infected with the corona virus every day. More than 7.2 million infections have been detected since the start of the pandemic. More than 207,000 people died.