Trump to leave hospital within days of COVID-19 diagnosis

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Just last Friday President Trump announced that both he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, a number of Republicans who attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Rose Garden nomination ceremony have tested positive as well and others are quarantining. However, the rest of the first family is negative for COVID-19 according to Trump’s Friday health update.

This afternoon, Trump tweeted that at 6:30 P.M. he would be leaving the Walter Reed Medical Center where he has been receiving treatment for the last few days, writing “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

A few hours later the White House physician held a press briefing to give updates on the President’s condition. The President’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters that his condition has improved in the last 24 hours and that it has been 72 hours since he last had a fever or took fever-reducing medicines. Trump will be receiving his fourth dose of Remdesivir before leaving the hospital and will receive his fifth tomorrow at the White House.

Trump’s care also includes dexamethasone, a steroid that reduces mortality rates in COVID cases but is generally only given to patients with severe symptoms. When questioned about this Dr. Conley explained that this was a precaution to prevent any worsening of symptoms. A similar answer was given when asked if the President required oxygen. According to Dr. Conley, Trump’s blood oxygen levels dropped only twice, though not significantly, and he was administered oxygen to “anticipate needs.”

Dr. Conley was also pressed about President Trump’s lung scans and his most recent negative test but refused to answer, citing HIPAA guidelines to protect the patient.

After returning to the White House, Trump will receive care on par with that he received at Walter Reed.

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