President Donald Trump returns to the White House as he continues coronavirus treatment
Trump may return to the White House on Monday
The President’s attending physicians held a press briefing
President Donald Trump, who is being treated for COVID-19 at a military hospital, is improving and may return to the White House as early as Monday, his doctors said Sunday during a press briefing..
“The patient’s condition continues to improve. He has not had a fever since Friday morning, his vital signs are stable, “- told reporters Dr. Sean Dooley at the National Military Medical Center had Walter Reed, where Trump has been treated since Friday..
Doctors said they gave Trump extra oxygen twice, Thursday and Friday, as he battled lung disease. He was also given dexamethasone.
Research has shown that dexamethasone improves survival in critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who require supplemental oxygen. However, as recommended by the American Society for Infectious Disease Control, it should not be used in mild cases as it can limit the body’s ability to fight the virus on its own..
“It’s important that he really feels good,” Dr. Sean Conley told reporters at the Walter Reed Center..
Dr. Brian Garibaldi explained that Trump was prescribed dexamethasone due to “occasional low oxygen levels.”.
“He got his first dose yesterday and we plan to give him some time,” Garibaldi said..
One of the journalists asked Conley why he was shy of answering the question of whether Trump was getting oxygen when he was in the White House on Friday – what was really going on. Conley said he wanted to “reflect the team’s optimism.”.
Conley explained that he did not want to “provide information that could lead the course of the disease in a different direction.”.
“It turned out that in doing so, we were trying to hide something that was not necessarily true,” he added..
Dr. Dooley said the president walks, does not complain of shortness of breath, and does not experience other respiratory symptoms..
“If he continues to look and feel as good as he does today, we hope we can schedule discharge as early as [Monday] morning at the White House, where he can continue his treatment,” Garibaldi announced..
Some questions remained unanswered, in particular whether the president had any lung damage. Doctors on Sunday limited themselves to a statement that “the findings were expected.”.
On Saturday, Trump posted a four-minute video in which he said that the next few days will be a “real test” for his condition..
“Within a few days, I think there will be a real test, so let’s see what happens in the next couple of days,” the president said..
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday that the issue of a temporary transfer of power to Vice President Mike Pence was not discussed..
“We have a stable government,” O’Brien said on CBS’s Face the Country program. “We have plans for all cases.”.
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