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Nielsen reviews COVID treatment provided to President Trump

It didn't take long. A few days after being released from the hospital, President Trump proclaimed that he was "cured" of COVID-19. "No, not at all," was what Dr. Nancy Nielsen said when asked if she agreed with President's self-diagnosis. "That's just not the way to look at this disease at all," said Nielsen, the former President of the American Medical Association. During her weekly discussion with WBFO, she offers a closer look at the President's treatment, one that is not readily available to most people.

"He claims the monoclonal antibodies he got at Walter Reed (National Military Medical Center) cured him. They don't even work that way," Nielsen explained.

The treatment, she says, works  to "prevent the virus from attaching to cells so it's used early in disease." The President, of course, is frequently tested for the coronavirus which allowed for an early diagnosis.  

"There aren't any large scale trials yet. I think by the time he got his dose at Walter Reed only about 275 people had received this at all," said Nielsen.

"He wasn't cured and I think we have to remember these are very, very expensive products and they're not going to be widely available to all Americans anytime soon and anybody who says they are is definitely over-promising."



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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.