There is no medical evidence that the treatments cited by Carson worked.
Retired neurosurgeon Carson said on Friday he thought he was “out of the woods.” He revealed his wife, Candy, also had COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Carson tested positive earlier this month.
Most people are recovering from the disease, which has killed more than 250,000 Americans and sickened nearly 12 million people, including President Donald Trump and members of his family.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Carson said he was “extremely ill” but saw “dramatic improvement” after taking a botanical treatment derived from oleander. Carson said he had underlying conditions, which he did not specify, “and after a brief period of only feeling mild discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately sick.
Carson said Trump was aware of his condition and “cleared me for the monoclonal antibody treatment he had previously received, which I’m sure saved my life.” “
The White House declined to comment, instead referring questions about a possible intervention in Carson’s medical care by Trump to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A spokesperson for HUD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
“I believe I’m out of the woods at this point,” said the secretary, who paid tribute to Trump, the White House medical team and medics at Walter Reed Military Hospital.
Trump spent three days with Walter Reed after his infection in early October, where he received a variety of experimental treatments, including antibody therapy from Regeneron. Trump then credited the experimental drug therapy for aiding his recovery.
Carson said he took Oleander 4X, but there is no evidence that the treatment or any homeopathic medicine works against COVID-19.
Trump received the Regeneron treatment through a “compassionate use” exemption, recognition of the superior and superior standard of care he receives as president.
The safety and effectiveness of the drug Regeneron have not yet been proven. There is no way for the president or his doctors to know the drug has worked.
In his statement, Carson admitted to having access to a level of medical care that is not available to most Americans. He said priority should be given to getting comparable treatment and care for the general population as quickly as possible.