Trump Calls COVID 'A Blessing.' This Doctor Disagrees.
Less than a week after President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, he has declared that getting infected with the highly infectious virus that has killed 210,000 Americans in just 8 months is a "blessing from God." However, according to top doctor and expert in infectious diseases and pandemic response, Darren Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Physician at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, getting a deadly virus should never be considered a gift from God. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"Getting Coronavirus is Not a Blessing"
"I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. It was a blessing in disguise," Trump exclaimed in the video posted to his social media account on Wednesday. He went on to call the drug he was administered, an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron not yet approved by the FDA, a "cure," promising that he would hand it out free of cost to the American people. "I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your President," Trump said, adding: "It was, like, unbelievable."
"Getting coronavirus is not a blessing," Dr. Mareiniss, who has been treating COVID patients since the start of the pandemic and has battled the virus himself, tells Eat This, Not That! Health. COVID-19 can cause long-lasting damage to the lungs, heart and other organs, with some patients still suffering from ill effects seven months later.
He also explains that there are several flaws in Trump's declaration.
The first, is that he isn't out of the woods yet. "As for his clinical course, he can still become sicker on day 5-10 of symptoms," he points out. "Today is day 7 or 8 if he became symptomatic on October 1."
Next, he points out that Regeneron hasn't been proven as a "cure" to COVID, nor has it even gotten FDA approval as a safe and effective treatment. The company applied to the FDA for emergency approval after Trump's declaration.
"REGN-COV2 is still in the middle of FDA testing. Data has shown that it can decrease viral load and decrease duration of symptoms in outpatients (not hospitalized) with COVID-19," Dr. Mareiniss says. "It had the greatest effect on patients who were seronegative—not initially mounting an antibody response. There is no current proof that it is a cure regardless."
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"No Proof it Cured Anything"
Finally, "it's not clear the Regeneron antibody cocktail cured anything"—for various reasons. "One person's subjective experience and opinion does not make clinical evidence," he points out." Also, there is the issue that Regeneron isn't the only treatment he received during his stay at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. "He also received Remdesivir and dexamethasone. If he recovers, it could be due to any of these interventions or none. 92% of people his age will recover regardless. Again, with respect to his recovery, the jury is still out."
As for yourself, try to avoid COVID in the first place, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.