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Ben Carson says he was 'desperately ill' from Covid but is now 'out of the woods'

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 9: Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, listens to questions during testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to examine housing regulations during the pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Astrid Riecken - Pool/Getty Images)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Friday he became "desperately ill" from Covid-19, but now believes he is "out of the woods" after receiving an antibody treatment.

(CNN)Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Friday he became "desperately ill" from Covid-19, but now believes he is "out of the woods" after receiving an antibody treatment.

Carson, 69, was among the latest Trump administration officials or campaign advisers who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Carson tested positive last Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In a Facebook post Friday giving an update on his condition, Carson shared that he was "extremely sick" with the virus and that he initially saw "dramatic improvement" from a product he took, which is not FDA-approved or a proven treatment for Covid-19.

Carson claimed that President Donald Trump was monitoring his condition and cleared the secretary to receive a monoclonal antibody therapy given to Trump in October when he was diagnosed with Covid.

Carson wrote that he believes the treatment saved his life.

When Trump had Covid-19 last month, he received Regeneron's experimental antibody treatment, which is still in large-scale clinical trials but has been available for compassionate use -- something the FDA has to approve on an individual basis, as it did for the President.

It's not clear how the President could have cleared Carson to take the antibody treatment or if Carson got Regeneron's treatment.

Eli Lilly, which also makes a monoclonal antibody treatment, declined to comment when CNN asked if Carson had been given their treatment.

CNN has also asked Regeneron if Carson received their treatment.

CNN has reached out to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for more information on Carson's treatment.

Carson is just one of several people in Trump's orbit -- including the first lady, their son, the White House press secretary and multiple top aides -- who tested positive for Covid-19 this fall.

Meadows, a Trump campaign aide, and three White House staffers subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 that week.

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