US President Donald Trump, who is ill with the new coronavirus and is being treated in a military hospital, is seeing his condition improve, his doctor said Saturday.
The president no longer has a fever and is currently not receiving oxygen to help him breathe, said Sean Conley, the president’s physician, addressing reporters outside the hospital.
“The president is doing very well this morning,” Conley said, adding that the medical team is “extremely happy with the progress the president has made.”
The president contracted coronavirus and was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center, a military facility outside Washington, on Friday, in what his team said was a precautionary measure.
A source told reporters that Trump’s vital signs had at times been concerning.
“The president’s vital signs during the last 24 hours were very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are not yet on a clear path to a full recovery, “the source told White House reporters traveling with the president.
The source’s statement was confusing, as it came just minutes after doctors updated the public and was released on condition of anonymity.
The timing of the president’s infection remains unclear. This has become a particularly important point, as the president held a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday, after hosting a political rally on Wednesday in Minnesota.
Trump tweeted early Friday that he and the first lady tested positive.
But Conley said Saturday that Trump had “72 hours” of treatment, raising questions about why the president was attending such events then and when he knew he was infected.
The medical team said Trump received an experimental antibody cocktail in addition to a therapeutic drug, Remdesivir, which is typically a five-day treatment plan.
“He’s not on oxygen right now,” Conley said. The doctor confirmed that the president had a fever Thursday and Friday morning, but has been “fever-free for 24 hours.”
He declined to say whether the president had ever received oxygen in recent days. Conley also couldn’t discuss a discharge date.
“More than anything, he has felt exhausted,” the doctor said, describing the president’s condition, noting that Trump had a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue, initially, which “are now improving.”
The doctor insisted that Trump can still work.
Trump is 74 years old and overweight, the doctors noted. Also, as a man, you are in a higher risk group for complications from Covid-19.
The pool of people around Trump who have announced in the past two days that they have coronavirus continues to grow.
Chris Cristie, the former New Jersey governor who was part of the team that helped Trump prepare for the first presidential debate on Tuesday of last week, was the last person to confirm that he contracted the coronavirus.
Trump’s wife, Melania, his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, and one of the top advisers, Hope Hicks, all tested positive, among others close to him.
The disease comes at a crucial point in Trump’s re-election campaign, with him trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the polls. Trump has been aggressively advancing the election campaign and these events are now canceled because he cannot travel.
There is also a group of Republican senators who tested positive, two of whom were with the president last Saturday at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, where Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to cover. a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
A spokesman for Wisconsin Senator Rob Johnson said he tested positive, making him the third Republican senator to serve on the judicial committee to contract the virus this week.
He “feels healthy and does not experience symptoms” but will remain isolated for the near future, the spokesman said.
Several people who were at the nomination ceremony have contracted the virus. Johnson was not at that ceremony.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is the body that must first confirm Trump’s Supreme Court candidate, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The hearings are scheduled to begin on October 12.
Republicans intend to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before the November election, despite the ire of Democrats who feel the process shouldn’t take place so close to Election Day.
The center-left is also concerned that a conservative judge will win a life appointment to the highest judicial body, replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who did so last month and was seen as a staunch liberal.