The president’s medical team also said he was prescribed dexamethasone. The drug is only for people with serious illness because it has not been shown to benefit people with mild forms of the disease and may even be risky.
“Dexamethasone is the most mystifying drug that we see giving it at this point,” said Dr. Thomas McGinn, chief medical officer of Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider. The drug is normally not used unless the patient’s condition appears to be worsening, he added.
“Suddenly they throw the kitchen sink at him,” Dr. McGinn said. “This begs the question: is he sicker than what we hear, or are they too aggressive because he’s the president, in a way that could be potentially harmful?”