White House physician says Trump is fever-free but dodged questions of whether he has ever received supplemental oxygen during coronavirus treatment
Summary List PlacementWhite House physician Sean Conley at a press conference on Saturday dodged questions and declined to say whether President Donald Trump has at any point required supplemental oxygen during his treatment for COVID-19. "This morning, the president is doing very well," Conley said during the Saturday morning press conference. "The president has been fever-free for over 24 hours," he added but wouldn't clarify what the president's temperature was when he had a fever. Conely also said that Trump was not presently using supplemental oxygen and most recently had a blood oxygen level reading of 96%. "You keep saying right now," one reporter asked. "Should we read into the fact he had been [using supplemental oxygen] previously?" "Yesterday and today, he was not on oxygen," Conley responded. Conley also told reporters on Saturday that Trump had not had trouble breathing. "No. No he has not," he said." "Never did. He had a little cough. He had a fever. More than anything, he's felt run down." But several outlets, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, reported on Saturday that Trump had been administered supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday prior to being flown to Walter Reed. The White House did not immediately return Business Insider's request for clarification following the press conference. Conley added Saturday the president was in good spirits and said Trump felt that he was in good enough condition to leave the hospital, although Conley on Saturday could not provide a discharge date for the president.
"Has he ever been on supplemental oxygen?"Dr. Conley: "Right now, he is not on oxygen." "You keep saying right now. Should we read into the fact he had been previously? Conley: "Yesterday and today, he was not on oxygen." Then again: "He's not on oxygen right now." pic.twitter.com/6RDCvDUtc4 — The Recount (@therecount) October 3, 2020
"The big plan for today is to encourage him to eat, to drink, to stay hydrated, and to be working and doing the things that he needs to do to get well," Conley told reporters outside the Maryland hospital. The president at around 1 a.m. on Friday announced on Twitter that both he and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, had tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The first lady had not shown signs that she required hospitalization, Conley said Saturday. Trump late Friday had been taken via helicopter from the White House to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, "out of an abundance of caution," The White House said in a statement at the time. Conley confirmed Saturday that the president had been given two treatments: remdesivir, a COVID-19 treatment with emergency FDA authorization, and Regeneron's experimental antibody drug since he tested positive. Conley also wouldn't answer questions about when the president last tested negative for the virus before he tested positive.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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Trump is set to leave the hospital, but his physician said the medical team won't breathe a 'deep sigh of relief' for another full week
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump is scheduled to leave Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump is scheduled to leave Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday evening, roughly three days after he was admitted with coronavirus symptoms. The president has been fever-free for more than 72 hours and his oxygen levels are normal, Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said on Monday. "Over the past 24 hours, the president has continued to improve," Conley told reporters. "He's met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria." Trump will return to the White House medical unit, where he'll continue his care. Before he leaves Walter Reed, doctors plan to administer a fourth dose of remdesivir, the FDA-authorized antiviral treatment Trump has been taking since Friday. The drug is typically given to hospitalized patients with a severe infection who require ventilators or ICU admission. "Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations and most importantly his clinical status support the president's safe return home, where he'll be surrounded by world-class medical care 24/7," Conley said. But he noted that Trump's physicians were still "on guard," since Trump hasn't reached the seven- to 10-day window when severe coronavirus cases typically take a turn for the worse. They're not yet sure what the effects will be of giving Trump experimental drugs relatively early in the course of his infection. "If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief," Conley said, referring to next Monday, October 12. Trump's treatment will remain largely the same at the White House Trump's transfer to the White House medical unit may not make much of a difference in terms of his care. "To me, that's no different than saying, 'Hey, I'm moving a patient from the intensive-care unit to the intermediary floor,'" Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, a pulmonary physician at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, told Business Insider. Conley said the president will continue to receive the steroid dexamethasone after he departs Walter Reed, and will also get his fifth and final dose of remdesivir there. "The White House is not my house or your house," Dr. Helen Boucher, an infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center, told Business Insider. "They have a lot of capability to do treatment there, and I know there are very good physicians managing this." White House doctors will likely be paying especially close attention later this week, since patients who get severely ill are typically admitted to the hospital or ICU around 10 days after their symptoms start. By that point, some develop pneumonia, sepsis, or acute respiratory distress syndrome. If Trump's first symptoms appeared on Thursday, when he got his positive test result, the crucial seven- to 10-day window would be this coming Wednesday through Saturday. The president's doctors haven't, however, revealed exactly when he started feeling sick. "We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard," Conley said. "We're in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient who's received the therapies he has so early in the course." Trump's treatments raised questions about the severity of his illness Trump's doctors confirmed that he's gotten supplemental oxygen twice; at least one of those times was on Friday at the White House. His blood-oxygen levels dipped to 93% on Saturday, Conley said — below the normal range. When asked if Trump's oxygen levels had dropped below 90%, Conley said the president's levels didn't reach "the low 80s." The World Health Organization defines "severe" COVID-19 patients as those with blood oxygen levels lower than 90%. On Monday afternoon, the president tweeted that he was "feeling really good." "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life," Trump wrote. "We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" However, the president has received far more than the standard care for COVID-19 — a level of attention and access to treatments that almost nobody else can get. Trump got an experimental antibody cocktail made by the biotech company Regeneron on Thursday evening, a White House official told CBS News. The therapy hasn't been authorized by the FDA so isn't publicly available, but it was recently found to reduce a patient's viral load — the amount of virus in the body — in a clinical trial of 275 people. Those who got the treatment also saw their symptoms resolve more quickly than those who received a placebo. Trump also received the steroid dexamethasone on Saturday. That puzzled many doctors, since the treatment is usually reserved for the sickest coronavirus patients. Some physicians wondered whether Trump's condition was worse than his medical team let on, while others guessed he may have been over-treated — perhaps at his own behest. "Donald Trump is the VIP of VIPs — and just by his personality, he's aggressive, he wants to do stuff," Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency-medicine doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told Business Insider. "I don't envy the physicians who have to have these conversations." But Conley said the president was simply "holding court" with his medical team at Walter Reed. "We have a back and forth on what's safe and what's reasonable," he said. "He's never once pushed us to go beyond what's safe and reasonable practice." Andrea Michelson and Aylin Woodward contributed reporting.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The White House has spent $12 billion on its Operation Warp Speed vaccine plan — but experts are worried about how the money's being used
Summary List Placement Last weekend, President Donald Trump was still beaming from a White House event...Summary List Placement Last weekend, President Donald Trump was still beaming from a White House event where he formally announced Amy Coney Barrett as his latest nominee to the Supreme Court. But by the following day, his week started to take very unexpected turns. On Sunday, the president's financial records were released in a blockbuster report by The New York Times, revealing Trump had only paid $750 in taxes over two years. That same day, his former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized after a domestic altercation at his home. By Tuesday, the highly anticipated Trump-Biden debate turned into a barely comprehensible shouting match, with moderator Chris Wallace losing control of the debate early on. Late on Thursday, a source revealed to Bloomberg that White House counselor Hope Hicks had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. And then on Friday, Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, with Trump later being flown from the White House to Walter Reed Hospital. Here's a timeline of Trump's tumultuous week. Sunday, Sept. 27: The New York Times releases Trump's tax returns For years, Trump has refused to release details surrounding his financial records. On Sunday, The New York Times published a lengthy report on his taxes, which revealed a number of shocking details. According to The Times, Trump didn't pay any income taxes to the federal government for 11 of the 18 years where they examined records. He only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he was elected to the presidency, and in 2017, his first year in office, according to The Times report. Trump is also hemorrhaging money. Since 2000, he has lost over $315 million at the golf courses that he owns and promotes; from 2016 through 2018, he also showed losses of $55.5 million at the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC. Late Sunday, Sept. 27: Brad Parscale is admitted to the hospital On Sunday evening, it was reported that Brad Parscale, President Trump's former campaign manager, was taken from his home by police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and hospitalized earlier that day after his wife said that he was armed and threatening to harm himself. Parscale was taken to the hospital under the Baker Act, which allows for temporary involuntary commitment. Parscale, a prominent part of Trumpworld since the Trump's 2016 campaign, was replaced by Bill Stepien as campaign manager this past July. Tuesday, Sept. 29: A presidential debate goes off the rails The first presidential debate in Cleveland quickly devolved into partisan sniping, with Trump spending the bulk of his time on stage interrupting and attacking Biden, even lobbing an insult at his son, the former vice president's son Hunter. However, Biden did not back down, at one point calling Trump a "clown" while trying to articulate his vision of America to viewers at home despite the two often speaking over one another. "Will you shut up, man...Keep yapping, man," Biden said to Trump. Throughout the debate, moderator Chris Wallace was unsuccessful in getting Trump to adhere to the rules, later saying the debate went "off the tracks." In the end, Trump did not win many converts and Biden was widely seen as mostly staying above the political fray. Thursday, Oct. 1: A top Trump counselor gets the coronavirus On Thursday, White House counselor Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg. It was reported that Hicks had traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, with the White House finding out about the diagnosis the next day. According to the report, she was also experiencing several symptoms of the disease. Friday, Oct. 2: The President receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis Early Friday morning, Trump announced that he had contracted the coronavirus, along with First Lady Melania Trump. Later that day, after developing a fever and cough, Trump was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. "Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days," the White House said in a statement. That evening, it was revealed that former adviser Kellyanne Conway had tested positive for the coronavirus. She had attended the Barrett nomination event at the White House Rose Garden the week before and was shown without a face mask. Others who came into contact with the president this week would later announce their coronavirus infections, including the former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who helped Trump debate prep and several people who attended the Rose Garden event. Saturday, Oct. 3: Concerns and conflicting reports about Trump's health Trump is being treated for the coronavirus with remdesivir. At a Saturday press conference, White House physician Sean Conley wouldn't say if Trump needed supplemental oxygen since his diagnosis. The AP later reported that Trump was given oxygen before he departed the White House on Friday. Trump tweeted from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, saying "I am feeling well!" while his chief of staff Mark Meadows said he had experienced a "very concerning" period on Friday, according to The Associated Press. "We're still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery," Meadows said, noting that the next 48 hours "will be critical" in the president's battle against coronavirus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time