President Trump’s physicians spoke to the media this morning and reported very encouraging news. The president is reportedly fever-free and has not had shortness of breath, according to Dr. Sean Conley. According to Conley, the president is not on oxygen and his medical team remains cautiously optimistic. The last oxygen-saturation level taken while the president was walking around was 96%. Normal levels are 95-100%.
Conley emphasized again that the trip to Walter Reed Medical Center was taken out of an abundance of caution and for access to state-of-the-art medical monitoring. He explained that during the first week of COVID-19—in particular, days seven to ten—are the most critical in determining the course of this illness.
After 72 hours, Dr. Conley reported he and the team are very happy with the president’s progress. He repeated President Trump’s symptoms: a mild cough, fever, some nasal congestion, and fatigue. According to Conley, all of these symptoms are resolving and improving.
Pulmonologist Dr. Sean Dooley also emphasized that the president is receiving state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary care. Because of the wide range of complications COVID-19 can cause, the president’s heart, kidneys, and liver are all being monitored, and all are normal. He repeated that President Trump is not on oxygen and is moving around the presidential medical suite easily.
Dooley said that when the team finished its rounds, President Trump told them, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.” Dr. Ben Garibaldi then discussed the therapeutics being given to the president. He confirmed the president had received Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail in a single dose. POTUS received his first dose of Remdesivir last evening and will continue that medication for five days. The plan is to encourage him to eat, stay hydrated, and move around since he is in good spirits and feeling up to it.Dr. Conley then noted that the president has been fever-free for 24 hours. According to the CDC, it’s good news when a recovering COVID-19 patient is fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Conley then joked that Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had delivered plenty of work to President Trump, and he is doing it.
Conley declined to estimate a discharge date because days 7-10 are when the inflammatory phase may present. He noted that President Trump has received advanced therapies much earlier in the course of the virus than most patients, so they are monitoring him carefully.
The team is performing ultrasounds and lab work to monitor various body systems daily. Dr. Conley declined to disclose any specific results and emphasized that the president is not on oxygen today and did not require it Thursday or yesterday. He did note that hydroxychloroquine was discussed, but the president is not currently taking it.
When asked about the president’s risk factors, Conley said his known risks are being 74 years old, a male, and slightly overweight. Other than that, the president is very healthy. His cholesterol and blood pressure are excellent, and Trump is not on routine medications for those conditions. He also reported that the president’s heart rate is 70-80, his blood pressure is 110-120s. These are normal readings in line with President Trump’s routine physicals.
Conley commented on the condition of Melania Trump and said she is convalescing at home and doing very well. She has no indications of needing advanced therapies. Conley was asked why, with all these good signs, the decision made to transfer him to Walter Reed. He smiled and said, “He’s the president of the United States.” Enough said.
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