Fauci claims steroid treatment Trump was treated with makes people ‘very energetic’
Dr. Fauci discussed the effects of the Trump regime in a television interview (Getty Images).
Dr. Anthony Fauci has claimed that steroid treatment president Donald Trump was being treated in the hospital for Covid-19, which makes people "very energetic".
As a precaution, Mr Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday night after showing symptoms of coronavirus a few hours earlier after a positive Covid-19 test result.
Over the weekend, the hospital's medical team administered dexamethasone to the president as part of his treatment for Covid-19.
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that was used to treat a limited number of coronavirus patients during the pandemic. One study found that the risk of death in ventilated Covid-19 patients was reduced by around 33 percent, according to Newsweek.
The treatment, which has not been approved for widespread use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was recommended by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for hospitalized coronavirus patients who are on ventilators or who require oxygen.
Dr. Fauci, one of the country's top infectious disease experts and part of the US government's coronavirus task force, told MSNBC presenter Andrea Micthell on Thursday that treatment could make a patient “very energetic”.
He told Mitchell, “When you take steroids, there are a number of side effects. It makes you hyper-energetic, it affects your ability to sleep at times.
"If you've been taking [dexamethasone] for a very long time and it's not, and you don't plan to have it on for a long time, the side effects are widespread."
Dr. Fauci added, "But the side effects when a person takes a higher dose for a short period of time is more that you are very energetic."
Various other side effects of the drug are listed on the NIH website, including psychiatric effects, infections, and dangerous levels of sugar in the patient's blood.
Following the announcement that the president had been treated with dexamethasone last weekend, several health professionals raised concerns about the steroid's effects.
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, told Fox News over the weekend, "The president will be given a short course so I won't worry about the long-term effects of dexamethasone."
"But we're definitely seeing quite a significant impact in 30-40 percent of people ... [the] fear, the unrest."
Dr. Edward Jones-Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Southern California, told Reuters, “Steroids are always very dangerous drugs.
“That is why it [dexamethasone] is used in severe to critical patients ... There can be neuropsychiatric side effects. These are drugs that we use very, very carefully. "
Michele Dauber, a Stanford University law professor who had previously been treated with dexamethasone, claimed on Sunday night that Mr Trump could not run the country after taking the drug.
“I was treated with dexamethasone after brain surgery. It's (as my team told me) a drug that is seriously upsetting your mind. It's a bad drug. I couldn't wait to get off it.
“Unfortunately you have to wean yourself, which takes time. Trump is unable to act, "she tweeted on Sunday.
Ms. Dauber added in a follow-up tweet: “I couldn't be president of my cat when I was on dexamethasone.
“He shouldn't be exercising presidential powers on this drug. We're lucky if he doesn't start a war. He is unable to act. "
There were concerns about the president's response to treatment over the past week as he walked out of the medical center on Sunday to wave to supporters who had been waiting for him since he was hospitalized.
President Trump had only shown symptoms of Covid-19 for three days at the time, and the two members of his security service who were in the car with him had to be quarantined for 14 days after the short trip.
On Monday, Dr. Fauci to comment on President Donald Trump's decision to briefly leave Walter Reed Medical Center while speaking with CNN host John Berman.
The host asked Dr. Fauci during the interview as to whether it would be safe for Mr. Trump to leave the medical center for the short trip.
Dr. Fauci replied, "I don't really want to go there John and comment on that, OK?"
According to a tracking project from Johns Hopkins University, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have now tested positive for coronavirus. The death toll has reached at least 212,514.
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