Doctors believe Donald Trump could be well enough to be discharged from hospital ‘as early as tomorrow’ as his condition continues to improve.
But his medical team have also confirmed for the first time that the president was given supplementary oxygen on Friday morning, and his oxygen levels dropped again yesterday.
Doctors said they began treating Mr Trump with the steroid dexamethasone yesterday. The anti-inflammatory drug has previously been hailed as a ‘ground-breaking’ treatment for those seriously ill with Covid-19.
Updating reporters outside the hospital, Dr Brian Garibaldi, a specialist in pulmonary critical care, said Mr Trump is currently ‘up and well’ and the plan was to have him ‘out of bed’ Sunday as much as possible.
Dr Garibaldi said if things continue to go well, Mr Trump will be able to return to the White House on Monday to continue his treatment.
On Saturday, Mr Trump’s doctor Sean Conley repeatedly refusing to confirm whether or not the president had been given oxygen at any point during his coronavirus battle.
But he confirmed today he did order oxygen to be administered for ‘around an hour’ on Friday.
At that point the president had a ‘high fever’ and his oxygen levels were ‘dipping’, hence the need for the treatment. Mr Trump’s condition improved throughout the day but doctors still felt he should still be taken to hospital, Dr Conley said.
Dr Conley went on to say that Mr Trump’s blood oxygen levels dropped suddenly again on Saturday but was vague about whether more oxygen was needed.
This was despite the medical team making public announcements that the president was ‘doing well’ at around the same time.
Dr Conley acknowledged he was trying to downplay the severity of the president’s condition yesterday.
He said: ‘I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude of the team, that the president, that his course of illness has had. Didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction.
‘And in doing so, came off like we’re trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true. The fact of the matter is that he’s doing really well.’
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