Ben Carson announced Friday that he is “out of the woods” after a tough battle with the coronavirus that he says rendered him “desperately ill.”
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary was first diagnosed with COVID-19 nearly two weeks ago, according to the Daily Caller. In his Friday statement, Carson said he was “desperately ill” at one point, but now appears to be on the path to recovery.
“I am out of the woods”
Carson is one of over 12.1 million Americans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the outbreak first hit the U.S. earlier this year, according to The New York Times. Writing on Facebook Friday, Carson said he was hit hard by the disease, and “after a brief period” of slight recovery, his “symptoms accelerated.”
“I was extremely sick and initially took Oleander 4X with dramatic improvement,” Carson wrote. “However, I have several co-morbidities and after a brief period when I only experienced minor discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill.”
According to Carson, President Donald Trump played a role in his subsequent recovery.
“President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life,” Carson said. The president recovered from his own bout with COVID-19 just weeks ahead of Election Day.
“President Trump, the fabulous White House medical team, and the phenomenal doctors at Walter Reed have been paying very close attention to my health and I do believe I am out of the woods at this point,” Carson added Friday.
“We will be victorious”
Carson concluded his update by expressing hope that Republicans and Democrats can come together in the fight against the coronavirus.
“I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people,” the HUD secretary said. “While I am blessed to have the best medical care in the world (and I am convinced it saved my life), we must prioritize getting comparable treatments and care to everyone as soon as possible.”
Carson’s message comes amid reports that an effective vaccine for COVID-19 could be available to some as early as next month. It’s a development that has both President Trump, who has touted his role in ensuring the vaccines were developed at lightning speed, and his HUD secretary feeling optimistic.
“Together we will be victorious,” Carson concluded Friday. “God is still in charge.”