President Trump is back on the campaign trail and all Americans should be happy. Even Democrats should be encouraged to see the incredible progress American medicine has made in treating this new coronavirus.
Despite a fever and at least two blood oxygen levels that dropped to 93%, the president has made a remarkable recovery. As I write this post, he’s already campaigned in at least three states and is showing no signs of after-effects from the virus or his treatment. Certainly, the president of the U.S. is going to receive the best medical care possible, but most of the treatment he received is available to all Americans if needed.
What treatment did the president receive?
President Trump received eight different drugs in his Covid-19 treatment:
- Dexamethasone – This is a steroid in common use for many years that is most often used to treat asthma, rheumatoid and other inflammatory forms of arthritis and certain cancers. The president received this drug in response to his blood oxygen levels dropping twice to 93%, according to Becker Hospital Review, to control inflammation in his lungs. A study released in June showed that dexamethasone reduced deaths by one-third for those who had been sick for more than a week and were on mechanical ventilators, but had no impact on patients receiving no respiratory support. The drug is typically given to patients with severe Covid-19 to prevent an immune system overreaction known as a “cytokine storm.” President Trump was briefly given oxygen support but was never on a ventilator.
- Remdesivir – President Trump received his first dose of remdesivir on his second day of treatment and received a five-day course. Remdesivir received emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA on May 1 after a study showed it caused a 31% faster recovery time compared to placebo. Remdesivir works by targeting the system coronaviruses use to replicate themselves – it blocks viral replication. It has been previously tested for Ebola, but hasn’t been officially approved for routine use. The FDA expanded its EUA to authorize its use on all hospitalized patients. It had previously been authorized for those on ventilators or with low blood oxygen levels.
- Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody – The president received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody cocktail, called REGN-COV2, the highest does of the drug being tested in late-stage clinical trials, according to Regeneron states a high dose of the drug causes the level of the virus to decrease in patients in an early clinical trial, indicating it may help Covid-19 patients recover faster. The trail seemed to show the drug had a bigger effect on patients who were infected with the virus but hadn’t created high levels of their own antibodies against the virus. The drug uses synthetic versions of the antibodies patients’ bodies create when they recover from a disease. In July, Regeneron received $450 million from President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, the White House task force to expedite Covid-19 vaccine development, to manufacture thousands of doses of the drug.
- Zinc – President Trump was placed on zinc, which helps the immune system fight outside bacteria and viruses. It has been used for many years to reduce the duration and severity of common cold virus illness. Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods and is available as a dietary supplement. At this time there is no proven evidence that zinc helps fight Covid-19, but it has been used widely in combination with other drugs to treat this virus.
- Vitamin D – President Trump was given supplements of Vitamin D, which is good for bone health. There is no evidence that vitamin D directly reduces the risk of Covid-19, and the FDA has issued warnings to companies who promote this as a Covide-19 treatment. However, Vitamin D does also help reduce inflammation, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Famotidene (Pepcid) – This commonly available OTC medication is used to treat stomach ulcers, heartburn, and indigestion. It lowers the amount of acid in the stomach. A clinical trial testing the drug in hospitalized Covid-19 patients in New York wasn’t able to recruit enough patients to properly evaluate its impact, according to
- Melatonin – This drug is also available OTC and is commonly used to treat insomnia. Some studies have suggested that melatonin could also help Covid-19 patients with diabetes and obesity, according to The president is not a diabetic but is mildly obese. “The ability of melatonin to decrease viral infections in obese and diabetic patients is attributed to its characteristics, such as patent antioxidant effects, improving the endogenous antioxidant system, immunomodulatory, and the strong anti-inflammatory capability,” according to researchers from Mansoura University in Egypt.
- Aspirin – This common OTC medication is often used by older patients to prevent heart disease and strokes by reducing the risk of blood-clotting. The president has mild heart disease according to the New York Times.
There you have it – the whole therapeutic regimen that has enabled President Trump to return to full duties less than two weeks after he was first diagnosed with Covid-19. He received multiple negative virus tests in the days just before his doctors released him to resume full activities.
This is a testimonial to the incredible progress American medicine has made in less than a year since this new virus was released into the world, causing such devastation from the pandemic. We can all be thankful the president has recovered quickly, and we can all be greatly encouraged that effective treatment is now available for most who contract the virus. This should significantly lower the mortality of this dread disease until effective vaccines are available in the coming months.