Dr. Murtaza Akhter says an experimental drug used to treat President Donald Trump for COVID-19 is "not a cure" despite what the president says. Trump was treated with Regeneron's antibody drug and he credited it with improving his health. (Oct. 8)
DONALD TRUMP: They gave me Regeneron and it was, like, unbelievable. I felt good immediately. I felt as good three days ago as I do now.
MURTAZA AKHTER: And Regeneron may have some treatment effects, but it's not a cure. People can still get the disease. People still have symptoms, even Regeneron would say it itself. Nobody's been cured of it. If anything, maybe, it decreases symptoms and we still need better data on that, but there's absolutely, without a doubt, 100% no cure for COVID. And to pitch it as such is a lie and it's dangerous.
DONALD TRUMP: It's a cure. For me, I walked in, I didn't feel good. A short 24 hours later, I was feeling great. I wanted to get out of the hospital.
MURTAZA AKHTER: The president got it. Whether he needed it or not is debatable, and it's much more debatable whether it helped him or not. To let that be the one piece of evidence to say we should be giving it is far-fetched, and particular, somebody of his age, who, if he did just have this sort of first wave of symptoms, could potentially-- could potentially get worse. I'm not saying he will. Most don't, but he could potentially get worse and need hospitalization. And that's something, again, to look out for.
Remember, everybody needs to stay vigilant. Everybody, whether they have COVID or don't have COVID, needs to be very careful.