What to know about Trump's coronavirus treatment regimen

Hello,

What a weekend. 

Since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, President Donald Trump has received a number of treatments. Those include an experimental antibody therapeutic from drugmaker Regeneron and the antiviral remdesivir.

On Sunday, White House physician Sean Conley said that Trump was feeling better, but noted that the president had received dexamethasone, a steroid usually reserved for patients with more serious cases, Aylin Woodward reported. Trump also received supplemental oxygen on Friday and Saturday. 

Let's dive in.

President Donald Trump disembarks from the Marine One helicopter followed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the White House announced that he "will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days" after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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  • Giving the antibody drug and remdesivir early on should help COVID-19 patients in fighting the disease, physicians told Business Insider.
  • But the two drugs have not been tested in combination. "We are clearly in a data-free zone right here," said Dr. Taison Bell, an infectious-disease expert and critical-care physician who has studied remdesivir.

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