President Donald Trump’s medical team on Monday said they support his return to the White House, but added that he “may not entirely be out of the woods yet” in his battle with coronavirus.
“We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies he has so early in the course,” Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said. “So we’re looking to this weekend, if we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we’ll all take that final deep sigh of relief.”
Conley added that Trump received supplemental oxygen twice over the course of his illness after his oxygen levels dropped on Friday and Saturday. But the doctor continued to evade questions about when Trump last tested negative for the virus and if the president’s CT scans or X-rays have shown any damage to his lungs, citing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act concerns.
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Trump is on track to get his fifth and final dose of remdesivir on Tuesday from the White House. He was also given dexamethasone, a widely available steroid that has been shown to reduce death in severe COVID-19 cases, after his oxygen levels dropped on Saturday.
Conley also defended the president’s excursion from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday to wave at supporters from inside a car, saying Trump “has been surrounded by medical and security staff for days wearing full PPE” and that the Secret Service agents “were in that same level of PPE for a very short period of time.”
Before the team’s update on Trump’s health, the president downplayed the severity of the coronavirus in a tweet announcing he would be leaving the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday evening.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump tweeted. “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the coronavirus has infected over 7.4 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 210,000, and experts believe that to be an undercount.