Trump’s doctors say he could be discharged from Walter Reed as soon as Monday
President Trump’s medical team said Sunday that he could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as early as Monday and continue his treatment for COVID-19 at the White House.
Trump’s doctors insisted that the president feels well. They also revealed for the first time that Trump had received supplemental oxygen on Friday after experiencing a high fever and a drop in his oxygen level. Trump was treated with dexamethasone, a steroid used to reduce inflammation, after a second drop in his oxygen level on Saturday.
“Today he feels well,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a lung specialist at Johns Hopkins who is assisting the medical team at Walter Reed, told reporters at a briefing.
“He has been up and around. Our plan for today is to have him eat and drink, be up out of bed as much as possible, to be mobile, and if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course,” Garibaldi continued.
Garibaldi said that Trump’s medical team plans to continue a five-day course of Remdesivir and continue to treat Trump with dexamethasone “for the time being.”
Trump was transported to Walter Reed on Friday evening, less than 24 hours after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. White House officials at the time said that the decision to move Trump to Walter Reed was made “out of an abundance of caution.” He was expected to stay for a few days.
White House physician Sean Conley revealed Sunday that Trump had received supplemental oxygen after he experienced a high fever and transient drop in his oxygen level on Friday morning. He said those developments prompted the team to move Trump to Walter Reed.
Trump has also been treated with an experimental antibody cocktail made by Regeneron.
Sunday’s briefing presented the second time during which Trump’s doctors have fielded questions from reporters about Trump’s condition and treatment. After sidestepping questions about whether Trump had received supplemental oxygen on Saturday, Conley acknowledged Sunday that Trump had been given oxygen Friday morning.
Conley indicated it was possible Trump also recieved oxygen some time on Saturday, but that he had to check with the nurses.
Asked why it took him so long to disclose that Trump had been given supplemental oxygen, Conley said that he was trying to “reflect the upbeat attitude” that the team and president have had over the course of his illness.
“I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction and in doing so, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true,” Conley told reporters. “The fact of the matter is that he is doing really well.”
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