WASHINGTON – The doctors who treat US President Donald Trump during his convalescence from COVID-19 assured this Sunday that on his third day admitted to a hospital, his evolution is positive and he could be discharged on Monday, although the “ups and downs persist ”And worrying signs, such as the fact that his treatment is normally reserved for severe cases of coronavirus.
In the medical report this Sunday at the Walter Reed Military Hospital, on the outskirts of Washington, one of the members of the medical team that cares for the US president, Brian Garibaldi, assured that if Trump “continues to feel good, our plan is that he can be discharged tomorrow and return to the White House, where he will continue his treatment. “
The president’s personal physician, Sean Conley, acknowledged that there are “ups and downs,” but the president’s team is “extremely happy” with the progress since the hospitalization.
The president registered a second episode on Saturday in which the level of oxygen in the blood fell to about 90%, although he did not clarify whether, as happened on Friday, the president required supplemental oxygen.
“As with any disease there are ups and downs, especially when the patient is being watched closely for 24 hours,” explained Conley, who revealed that they have expanded the treatment and since yesterday Trump has been given the steroid Dexamethasone in response to the drops in to oxygen saturation, which were never less than 90%.
Conley, who on Saturday sowed doubts with a confused medical report that was joined by contradictory statements from the White House, justified his reluctance to confirm that Trump had received oxygen on Friday before being transferred to the hospital because he did not want to overshadow the message that the President had experienced a very significant improvement.
CONCERNS ON FRIDAY
On Thursday night, when his positive was made public, and in the early hours of Friday the president was fine, with only mild symptoms, but around noon on Friday the blood oxygen level fell below 94% and the fever was “high,” so they recommended supplemental oxygen, according to Conley.
Trump resisted being given supplemental oxygen because he was not experiencing breathing difficulties, but eventually gave in to his doctor’s recommendations.
“I was concerned about a rapid progression of the disease,” said the president’s doctor, so the decision was made to do a more thorough follow-up on the Walter Reed presidential floor.
The president has not shown respiratory difficulties since Saturday and has not had a fever, and according to Robert O’Briend, the White House National Security Advisor, he is “firmly in control of the Government” and will receive intelligence and security reports today. by videoconference.
TREATMENT FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL
Dexamethasone, which has side effects such as burning or headaches, is usually given normally in severe cases of COVID-19.
Similarly, the antiviral Remdesivir, of which Trump is receiving his third dose today as part of a five-day treatment, is applied to hospitalized patients.
Remdesivir, which has been cleared for emergency by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is normally combined with monoclonal antibodies, as has happened in the Trump case.
Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, which Trump received Friday, and Remdesivir attack the virus and slow its spread.
Trump, 74 years old and overweight, is a patient at special risk of developing a serious variant of COVID-19, for which he has also undergone lung scans and an exhaustive control of heart, liver and kidney functions .
Conley also added that Trump’s lung scans have only seen “expected findings” and there are “no major clinical concerns” in that regard.
THE SPROUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
The COVID-19 outbreak has not only affected Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, and the list was extended this Sunday to one of the president’s aides, Nicholas Luna, according to The Washington Post.
There are two possible outbreaks of the virus: the presentation event on Saturday, September 26, of Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barret at the White House, where at least seven people with now confirmed cases attended, and the preparations for the first debate. presidential last Tuesday in Cleveland (Ohio).
During those dates and until the positive of Trump adviser Hope Hicks set off the alarms on Thursday, Trump and his team held rallies in several states, events at the White House and an event with a hundred donors in New Jersey.
Alyssa Farah, director of strategic communication at the White House, said today that they have begun the tracing of contacts to determine the origin and extent of the outbreak that affects the United States’ leadership.