STATE OF THE ART TREATMENT DEPLOYED FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
President Trump was moved to Walter Reed Hospital Friday afternoon in what the White House called an abundance of caution. According to The New York Times, the President was exhibiting symptoms of low-grade fever and cough, while a video released by the White House showed a strong-appearing, impeccably-dressed President reassuring the public of his condition and thanking supporters for well wishes.
Upon arriving at Walter Reed, the President was treated with an aggressive armamentarium of medications that included vitamin D, zinc, Pepcid, melatonin, low-dose aspirin, and an innovative new, combination medication created by Regeneron that has received compassionate use approval by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19. According to the manufacturer, the medication consists of a mixture of multiple components, the principal of which is monoclonal antibodies. An in-depth explanation of the science behind the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the role antibodies play in our defense against it can be obtain from my book, Coronalessons. Suffice it to say, that monoclonal antibodies describe a series of proteins produced in our bodies designed to recognize one specific invader. Thus, if antibodies are those proteins we create that run around in our bodies recongnizing invading organisms so that we may attack them, monoclonal antibodies are a subgroup of those antibodies specifically structured to recognize one specific invader. In this case that contagion is SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Administering the Regeneron cocktail to the President implies a number of things regarding the approach being taken for the treatment of the President of the United States but says little about his condition. First, it signals that the President's team is very aggressively employing every available resource to support his abilities to defeat this virus. Second, it suggests that the team is trying to shorten the amount of time the President struggles with this virus.
Later in the day, the President also received Remdesevir. Remdesevir is an inhibitor of RNA polymerase, also described in more detail in Coronalessons. Unlike the Regeneron formula, remdesevir has received an emergency use authorization from the FDA and is frequently used in the treatment for more seriously infected COVID-19 patients. The significance of the use of this medication upon the President later on in the day is undetermined as it may merely be another sign of the aggressive posture the President's team is taking on his treatment.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org