Bloomington Dr. says experimental COVID treatments helped President recover quickly

OSF General Surgeon Dr. John Wieland. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – An experimental drug given to President Trump to treat COVID-19 could have played a role in the President’s quick recovery, according to a Bloomington Doctor.

Just a week after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19, OSF St. Joseph General Surgeon John Wieland said the usage of experimental medical treatments had positive effects.

“If the virus really takes hold and multiplies rapidly, you can get quite ill and then the immune response that we see with the Coronavirus. The people that are most ill effected there’s quite a bit of discussion about their immune system almost overreact. And so they become victims of their immune response. So catching it so early and very aggressive treatment, even though some of it was still considered experimental, appears to have a very positive effect.”

Last week, Sean Conley, Physician to the President, said he prescribed Remdesivir to the President as part of a five-day regimen.

“It is possible that the President was fortunate that he might have had a mild course, even without treatment, but he’s the President, so nobody is going to let him roll the dice on that.”

LISTEN: OSF General Surgeon Dr. John Wieland spoke with WJBC’s Scott Miller about COVID-19 vaccines, President Trump’s recover and what to do during the holidays. 

According to Conley, President Trump is no longer infections after testing positive for COVID-19. President Trump is set to hold an outdoor rally in Florida late Monday evening.

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