President Trump Says He Would 'Love' To Donate His Blood Plasma To Help COVID-19 Patients

President Trump Says He Would 'Love' To Donate His Blood Plasma To Help COVID-19 Patients

During this interview, the POTUS mentioned that he was feeling much stronger and had stopped taking coronavirus medications.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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. 


"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. 


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." 

Young supporters hold up signs wishing President Donald Trump good health outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the President was admitted for treatment of COVID-19 on October 4, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

"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."

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump invited over two thousand guests to hear him speak just a week after he was hospitalized for COVID-19. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

"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.


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