Since Donald Trump has been transferred to a military hospital after his COVID-19 diagnosis, Americans are wondering what he's taking to treat the potentially deadly disease.
"As of this afternoon, the president remains fatigued but in good spirits," with symptoms described as "mild," according to a memo from his doctor, Dr. Sean P. Conley. Read on to see what medicines and supplements Conley says he's administering, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Trump is Taking Vitamin D
"At the beginning of September, a new study from the University of Chicago suggested that those who have a lack of vitamin D could have more severe cases of the novel coronavirus," reports Deseret News. "Those who have untreated vitamin D deficiency saw an increased likelihood of testing positive for the novel coronavirus by 77%." Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, says: "If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements."
Trump is Taking Zinc
"Millions of Americans pop zinc supplements at the first sign of the common cold. Now, new research suggests the nutrient might play a role in COVID-19 outcomes, too," reports WebMD. "Researchers from Spain reporting at a European coronavirus conference found that hospitalized COVID-19 patients with low blood levels of zinc tended to fare worse than those with healthier levels."
Trump is Taking Melatonin
"The long list of potential COVID-19 treatments that researchers have suggested has one more addition: melatonin. A Texas doctor claims that he has treated 400 COVID-19 patients with the hormone, with few individuals developing severe enough cases to require hospitalization," reports Discover Magazine. "The announcement comes with no study to discern whether the supplement aided recovery or if this is just a coincidence, as a majority of COVID-10 cases don't need hospitalization. The treatment appears to have provided vitamin C and vitamin D to patients as well. Neither vitamin qualifies as a verified and scientifically backed SARS-CoV-2 treatment, but their inclusion means that even if patient success was due to these supplements, the melatonin might not be the only factor."
Trump is Taking a Daily Aspirin
"The early use of aspirin in covid-19 patients, which has the effects of inhibiting virus replication, anti-platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory and anti-lung injury, is expected to reduce the incidence of severe and critical patients, shorten the length of hospital duration and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular complications," says one study from Xijing Hospital.
Trump is Taking Famotidine, aka Pepcid
Trump is taking famotidine, also known as Pepcid, "a histamine-2 blocker that works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. Famotidine is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid," says Drugs.com.
Trump is Taking an Experimental Cocktail
"The White House said Trump had been injected with an experimental antibody cocktail by the White House physician," reports the AP. "The president's physician said in a memo late Friday that Trump received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron that is in clinical trials."
How to Avoid COIVID-19
Do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.