Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson posted an update Friday, revealing that he has been desperately ill with coronavirus.
Thank you everyone for your support and prayers as Candy and I battled COVID-19. I was extremely sick and initially took Oleander 4X with dramatic improvement. 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. 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.
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. I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people. 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.
There are a number of promising treatments that need to be tested, approved, and distributed (sooner rather than later) so that the economy can be re-opened and we can all return to a semblance of normalcy. Also, people should recognize that there are a number of defined steps that legally have to be taken before vaccines are released to the public and trying to cause alarm by saying dangerous shortcuts were taken only serves to stoke fear. Together we will be victorious. God is still in charge.
Carson, 69, a retired neurosurgeon, has served as the HUD secretary since March 2017. He was a Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 primary, but stepped aside and endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump.
In an op-ed posted to USA Today on Nov. 2, Carson confirmed his endorsement for a second term for President Trump. The op-ed begins:
It was near the end of the 2016 primary season. My campaign had suffered a loss after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, and I knew in the coming days that the Lord was leading me to step aside in favor of Donald J. Trump.
Donald and I were friends before the campaign season had started.
Why did I favor my friend?
I was optimistic about the future of our country based on what I had seen on the campaign trail. The evening of the last debate, I approached my fellow candidate and said, “Donald, you’re going to be the next president of the United States.”
Donald looked back at me and said, “Why do you think so, Ben?”
“Because God is not done with our country, and because the American people haven’t given up on it either,” I replied.
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 3, 2020