“The president has continued to improve. As with any illness, there are frequent ups and downs over the course, particularly when a patient is being so closely watched. Over the course of his illness, the president has experienced two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation. We debated the reasons for this, and whether we’d even intervene. It was the determination of the team based predominantly on the timeline from the initial diagnosis that we initiate dexamethasone. I’d like to take this opportunity now, given some speculation over the course of the illness the last couple of days, update you on the course of his own illness: Thursday night into Friday morning, when I left the bedside, the president was doing well with only mild symptoms and his oxygen was in the high 90s. Late Friday morning, when I returned to the bedside, the president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94 percent. Given these two developments, I was concerned for possible rapid progression of the illness. I recommended [to] the president we try some supplemental oxygen [and] see how he’d respond. He was fairly adamant that he didn’t need it. He was not short of breath. He was tired, had the fever and that was about it. And after about a minute on only two liters, his saturation levels were back over 40 — over 95 percent.” “Today he feels well. He’s been up and around or plan for today is to have him to 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
White House physician Sean Conley on Sunday disclosed that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE had received supplemental oxygen on Friday after sidestepping questions about whether the president received oxygen the day before.
“Late Friday morning, when I returned to the bedside, the president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94 percent,” Conley told reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday.
Conley said that he recommended the president be given supplemental oxygen and that the president was given supplemental oxygen for about an hour on Friday.
Conley also said that Trump had experienced two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen levels since he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus late Thursday evening. The second episode, which the doctor said occurred Saturday morning, led doctors to begin treating Trump with dexamethasone.
Late Friday evening, the White House announced that President Donald Trump did not need supplemental oxygen, and had started taking Remdesivir for his COVID-19.
The White House released a statement from official presidential physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley at 11:34 p.m. on Twitter from the account of press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“This afternoon, in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins University, I recommended movement of the President up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring. This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley wrote.
Trump himself tweeted shortly before, at 11:31 p.m., in his second tweet since his diagnosis.
“Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” the president wrote.
Trump’s other tweet Friday evening, posted at 6:31 p.m., was to announce that he was being admitted to Walter Reed in an 18-second video.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump said in the video. “I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well.”
“So thank you I appreciate it, I will never forget it,” he added.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.
According to the White House, Trump has only shown mild symptoms, including fatigue and fever. Donald J. Trump