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Melania and Donald Trump ‘disagreed on how to treat coronavirus infections’
February 12, 2021
Melania and Donald Trump appear to have disagreed on how to treat their coronavirus infections after they were both struck down with the illness.
It comes following revelations that the former US President was actually sicker than he admitted when he was rushed to hospital for treatment for Covid.
Before triumphant claims he was "immune" to the disease following his recovery, the New York Times now reports there were serious concerns he would have to be put on a ventilator.
Mr Trump was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical centre in October and was treated for the disease with steroids, antibiotics and a string of cutting-edge therapies.
This included "a single 8-gram dose" of Regeneron's monoclonal antibody cocktail, which attaches to the coronavirus spike protein, preventing it from using its viral machinery to hijack cells.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals claimed at the time that following trials in 275 patients, its experimental two-antibody cocktail reduced viral levels and improved symptoms in non-hospitalised Covid-19 patients.
But Melania is reported to have not received the same treatment as her husband after also contracting the virus – and instead opted for a "natural route".
CNN reports that someone familiar with Melania Trump's treatment said she never took the then-experimental Regeneron antibody therapy used to treat her husband.
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This person said it took "a very, very long time" for her to get better, but she insisted on letting the virus run its course and treated her symptoms with holistic medicines, such as herbal teas, and took nothing stronger than over-the-counter pain relievers.
In the tweet at the time of their battle against the deadly virus, Donald said: "Feeling really good. Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life.
"We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago."
In a statement issued by the White House at the time, Mrs Trump said: "I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food.
“We had wonderful caretakers around us and we will be forever grateful for the medical care and professional discretion we received from Dr Conley and his team.
“It was an unfamiliar feeling for me to be the patient instead of a person trying to encourage our nation to stay healthy and safe.
“I encourage everyone to continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy."