As a precaution, US President Donald Trump, infected with the corona virus, is transferred to the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, as doctors had recommended. He can then immediately receive the right care if necessary.
What treatment will Trump receive?
Earlier in the day, Trump reported on Twitter that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for the corona virus. Images from American media show that the 74-year-old president was able to walk to the presidential helicopter on his own.
Trump will work from the hospital for the next few days, the White House spokesman said. According to her, Trump is being flown to hospital for testing and out of an “excess of precaution.”
His doctor Sean Conley said in one earlier statement that the president has mild symptoms of the virus and is fatigued. The doctor adds that Trump is “cheerful” and that his wife Melania only suffers from a mild cough and headache.
However, the president would also have a mild fever since Friday morning, two sources say The New York Times who have knowledge of Trump’s condition. The sources say that this fits within the definition of ‘mild symptoms’.
Currently, the president is being preemptively administered a cocktail of synthetic antibodies from the US pharmaceutical company Regeneron, Trump’s doctor said. He also takes zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin supplements.
Regeneron treatment consists of a so-called “cocktail” of one or more antibodies made in a lab. Research on this cocktail is currently in phase three, testing the safety of the treatment on larger groups of people.
Scientists have called the treatment “promising,” said CNN. Last Tuesday, Regeneron reported the first results of a clinical trial, which would be positive. The company emphasized that it was a small group of only 275 people. They are also preliminary results, which have yet to be checked by colleagues according to the rigorous scientific peer review system.
Since Trump’s positive test, there has been feverish testing within American politics. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who was on stage with Trump last week, has been tested negative.
Biden would pull out all negative ads about Trump, one source says The New York Times. That decision would have been made before Trump was taken to hospital.