During this interview, the POTUS mentioned that he was feeling much stronger and had stopped taking coronavirus medications.
After being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month, President Donald Trump recently revealed that he is no longer taking medication for the virus. During his interview with Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, which aired late Friday, the POTUS said, "Right now I’m medication free." This was Trump's first appearance since he was diagnosed with coronavirus. "I’m not taking any medications as of, you know, probably 8 hours ago. Which frankly makes me feel good, I don’t like medication," he said, revealing his intentions of donating his own plasma.
Trump says he would 'love' to donate his plasma after bout with COVID-19, declares he's off coronavirus medication— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) October 11, 2020
The president gives an update on his health: 'I feel really good. I feel very strong'
"Well I will, nobody’s asked me that question, actually, but I will, if they want me to do it, I’d love to do it," he shared when asked if he was planning on donating his own plasma to help others who were suffering from more serious symptoms. The use of convalescent plasma therapy, which requires doctors to collect plasma from recovered donors and give to patients who are struggling to survive, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August. Back then FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn shared that the early trials of this method had shown a 35% better chance of survival in "optimal patients" who received this convalescent plasma.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
To be eligible as a potential donor, one must have contracted COVID-19 previously and recovered from it. At the time of donation, they should not have any symptoms of the illness for at least two weeks, reports CBS News. Trump told Dr. Siegel at the time that was retested and is yet to learn whether he is still infected or not. However, he seemed to be sure that he is "at either the bottom of the scale or free" from the illness. Trump, who noted he was feeling "really good" and "very strong," continued that the "the biggest thing" was the fact that the disease was tackled early on in his case.
"Now, I have such great access to medical, we have White House doctors...and so many great doctor," said Trump, adding, "It’s a lot easier for me than somebody that doesn’t have access to a doctor so easily where it’s a big deal to see a doctor." He continued, "But I think very important for me was very early, as soon as I felt something … the big secret for me was I got there very early. I think it would have gotten a lot worse. One of the doctors said he thought it would have gotten a lot worse."
"I just think that even these medications, they’re a lot better if you get them early than if you get them late," he said according to The Epoch Times. Recounting the moments that led to his diagnosis, the commander-in-chief told Dr. Siegel that on October 2 he went into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as he "didn’t feel very strong." He also noted that he didn't have any trouble breathing. "I didn’t feel very vital, I didn’t feel like the president of the U.S. should feel," he shared. "It was just, you were tired."
"It was just getting to you from the standpoint [that] you didn’t have that same energy level. And my life is based a little bit on energy, and you didn’t have it," he said adding that he had a sore throat as well. Trump said Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s experimental antibody cocktail had made a "tremendous difference" in his recovery. "I think I would have been in much worse shape had I not taken this medication," he said revealing that he was ready to leave the hospital just after one day. On October 2 he was placed on an experimental antiviral therapy developed by Gilead called remdesivir therapy. The White House physician Dr. Sean P. Conley said that Trump's immune system had developed antibodies for the virus and on Thursday he cleared him to rejoin his public duties.