Why is the president taking so many experimental drugs? Perhaps we need to revise his diagnosis
Donald Trump doesn’t drink alcohol – however, he doesn’t seem to have any problem experimenting with drugs. Over the past few days, Trump appears to have been ingesting whatever he can get his tiny hands on, including dexamethasone, remdesivir, zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, aspirin and REGN-COV2, according to the president’s physician and medical team. The antiviral remdesivir hasn’t proved to be effective in treating Covid-19, while REGN-COV2, an experimental antibody cocktail, has been tested on only a handful of people. Dexamethasone, meanwhile, is a steroid that has been shown to be effective in severely ill patients, but is potentially risky for those with milder cases.
Ever since he tested positive for Covid-19, Trump has insisted he is doing brilliantly. On Monday, shortly before he left Walter Reed medical centre to return to the White House, he tweeted that he was “feeling really good! … better than I did 20 years ago!” How, a lot of people have asked, does one square Trump’s cheery statements with the serious drugs he is supposedly taking?