President Donald Trump is doing “very well” after spending his first night in hospital since his Covid-19 diagnosis, his physician Dr Sean Conley says.
Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday and yesterday he was flown by helicopter from the White House to the Walter Reed Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.
At the first medical briefing since he was admitted, Dr Conley said Trump’s medical team is “extremely happy with the progress the president has made”.
However, reports from the White House suggest the president is not yet on a clear path to recovery and that his condition in the past 24 hours has been very concerning.
Trump was brought into hospital yesterday as a “precautionary measure”, Dr Conley said.
The medical team are “monitoring him very closely for any evidence of complications”.
“And the president this morning is not on oxygen, not having difficulty breathing or walking around the White House medical unit upstairs,” Dr Conley said.
One of the doctors said Trump told him: “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”
He has been fever-free for over 24 hours. He’s receiving both the drug Remdesivir and an experimental treatment. They tackle different aspects of the disease, the doctors say.
Remdesivir has been shown to shorten the recovery time from the coronavirus. Trump will complete a five-day course of treatment, his doctors say.
They say they are “maximising all aspects of his care” and “don’t want to hold anything back”.
Next 48 hours critical
Confusion has arisen because soon after the doctors’ briefing, an official struck a very different tone to the gathered media.
The person said that Trump’s vital signs were “very concerning” over the past 24 hours, that the president is not yet on a path to recovery and the next 48 hours will be critical for him.
The assessment appears to contradict Trump’s physician, who earlier said the president was doing “very well” and was not on oxygen or having difficulty breathing.
His doctors have declined to say whether or not he has needed supplementary oxygen at some point. But the New York Times is reporting that oxygen was administered to Trump while he was still at the White House because he was having difficulty breathing.
Soon after the doctors’ briefing ended, Trump said on Twitter that he was feeling well with the help of the doctors and nurses at the hospital.
“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!,” Trump said.
“Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”
SOURCE – RADIO NZ