Ben Carson thanks Donald Trump for saving his life from Covid-19 after he was given same treatment POTUS had
Days after his recovery, Carson took to Facebook to explain how he conquered his battle against the deadly infection
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, on Saturday, November 21, thanked President Donald Trump for "saving" his life from the novel coronavirus. Carson stated that he had become "desperately ill" after contracting Covid-19, and Trump cleared him for the same experimental antibody therapy that assisted the president in beating the virus. Carson was among dozens of top Trump advisors and White House officials to have contracted the infection, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. It was confirmed early in November that Carson had contracted the Covid-19 disease.
Days after his recovery, Carson took to Facebook on Saturday to explain how he conquered his battle against the deadly infection, which has claimed more than 250,000 lives in the United States alone, according to the Johns Hopkins data. The Housing Secretary explained that he and his wife Cindy had both contracted the virus and were "battling" against the disease for the past fortnight. He said: "I was extremely sick and initially took oleander four times with dramatic improvement." He was referring to oleander extract, which is not approved by the FDA and has been warned by experts that its use could be dangerous.
"Thankfully I have access to a very powerful therapeutic, so I was only sick for a very short period of time and I am already back to working, albeit virtually. I will be quarantining for a few days just to be safe. God is good!" he had posted on November 9. Carson's Covid symptoms however returned as he explained on Saturday that he had several comorbidities.
"I have several co-morbidities and after a brief period when I only experienced minor discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill," he wrote. "President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life." The use of monoclonal antibodies is among various experimental Covid-19 treatments and are manufactured copies of human antibodies to the novel coronavirus. President Trump received the treatment after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus in September.
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Carson continued: "President Trump, the fabulous White House medical team, and the phenomenal doctors at Walter Reed have been paying very close attention to my health and I do believe I am out of the woods at this point. I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people. While I am blessed to have the best medical care in the world (and I am convinced it saved my life), we must prioritize getting comparable treatments and care to everyone as soon as possible."
"There are a number of promising treatments that need to be tested, approved, and distributed so that the economy can be re-opened and we can all return to a semblance of normalcy," Carson added in his Facebook post. He also urged people to be patient in securing a safe vaccine for Covid-19. "People should recognize that there are a number of defined steps that legally have to be taken before vaccines are released to the public. And trying to cause alarm by saying dangerous shortcuts were taken only serves to stoke fear. Together we will be victorious," he added. Carson's post soon became viral and was shared over 48,000 times on Facebook.