|On Monday afternoon, President Trump announced that he will be leaving “the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.” Following Trump’s announcement, Dr. Sean Conley said that the president has “met or exceeded” standard discharge protocol. Trump, whose oxygen levels are now normal, will get another dose of remdesivir before heading back to the White House. The president was taken to Walter Reed hospital on Friday and has been given various antiviral drug treatments including dexamethasone during his stay.
I Wish him a speedy recovery, and hope he’s back on the hunt for RED November 3rd! He’s the real President we need in times like these, and I’m just happy he’s doing better. President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis prompted family members, senior government officials and others close to the president to get tested. Vice president Mike Pence and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are among those who tested negative as of Friday.
– Key people who have tested positive for COVID-19 include White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway
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The President will be allowed to leave Walter Reed Medical Center even though he’s not “out of the woods yet” and remains on a cocktail of drugs that’s typically only administered to critically ill coronavirus patients, Dr. Sean Conley, his personal physician, said Monday afternoon.
Conley provided the update on Trump’s condition minutes after the coronavirus-stricken president tweeted that he was planning on heading back to the White House at 6:30 p.m. “Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, our team and I agree that all his evaluations and, more importantly, his clinical status supports his return home,” Conley told reporters outside the premiere military hospital in Maryland where Trump’s been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 since Friday night. Trump’s discharge comes even as he remains on dexamethasone, said Dr. Brian Garibaldi, another member of the president’s medical team.
Dexamethasone, a steroid, is generally only administered to COVID-19 patients suffering from critical symptoms, as it has been shown to lower the risk of death. The powerful drug can cause severe side effects, including psychosis and delirium. Trump will also continue to receive doses of remdesivir at the White House, his doctors said. Like dexamethasone, the antiviral remdesivir drug is generally only administered to critically-ill coronavirus patients.
Trump was put on oxygen several times over the weekend because his blood-oxygen levels dropped and he reportedly even reported trouble breathing, but Conley said the president’s symptoms have since mostly subsided. “Even the slight cough he used to have he doesn’t really complain of at all,” he said. “He doesn’t really complain of muscle aches. He’s up and back to his old self, predominantly.” Still, Conley acknowledged that COVID-19 symptoms can come back later on in the recovery process. “He’s returning to a facility, the White House Medical Unit, that’s staffed 24/7 with top-notch physicians, nurses, PAs and the team here behind me are going to continue to support us in that nature,” Conley said. Conley refused to say when Trump had his last negative COVID-19 test or comment on the findings of his lung scans, citing privacy laws. It remains unclear exactly when or from whom Trump contracted the virus, though the White House has acknowledged that he attended a fundraiser in New Jersey last Thursday despite having found out that Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, had tested positive.
According to reports, Trump told political allies over the phone Sunday that he had to “get out” of Walter Reed, as the November election looms less than a month away, with Joe Biden trouncing the president in most polls. In the tweet announcing his imminent release, Trump sought to once again downplay the virus that’s killed more than 210,000 Americans, infected millions and derailed the U.S. economy on his watch.
“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” wrote Trump, who, unlike most Americans, has access to some of the best medical care in the world. “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
The president’s expected return to the White House comes even as several members of his staff have contracted COVID-19. Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that she’s the latest person from Trump’s inner circle to test positive for the virus. First Lady Melania Trump, who tested positive with her husband last week, is already in quarantine in the White House residence. Conley did not say whether Trump will be confined to the residence once he returns to the White House or if he will be able to walk freely through the executive mansion.
The 74-year-old president could be at a higher risk of developing severe complications from the virus because of his weight, age and history of heart issues. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meantime, say that a COVID-19 patient could be contagious for upward of 14 days and should not change locations during that period unless absolutely medically necessary. Conley claimed Trump was being discharged for his own safety, though.
“Every day a patient stays in a hospital unnecessarily is a risk to themselves,” Conley said.