The US president has not yet gotten over his coronavirus disease. His personal doctor explained that night how Trump is doing and what he was being treated with.
Donald Trump’s personal physician has not clarified everything for the US president’s state of health despite “significant” progress since the corona diagnosis. “Although he’s not out of the woods yet, the team remains cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Sean Conley in an update released Sunday evening. Trump is still doing well, he has no fever and does not need supplemental oxygen. He worked on Saturdays and moved without problems during his hospital stay.
“I’m starting to feel good again”
Trump himself pointed out that the coming days would determine the course of the disease. “I am starting to feel good again,” he said in a new video message from the hospital on Saturday. But people do not know how it will go in the coming days. Then comes “the real test” – “we’ll see what happens”. At the same time, the president was confident: “I think I’ll be back soon.”
Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has since confirmed that the coronavirus infection in Trump has progressed more seriously than initially shown. “We were really concerned yesterday,” Meadows told Fox News Saturday night. “He had a fever and the oxygen saturation in his blood had dropped rapidly.”
Reports: Trump got oxygen on Friday
According to media reports, Trump was given supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before being flown to the Walter Reed Clinic in suburban Washington. The White House had emphasized on Friday that Trump had only mild symptoms and had been taken to the clinic only as a precaution. Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, the White House said.
Saturday was marked by confusion over the president’s health. First, Conley and his medical team painted a positive picture. But just minutes later, one knowledgeable person quoted, “We’re still not on a clear path to full recovery.” The next 48 hours are critical. According to media reports, the initially anonymous source was Chief of Staff Meadows.
Second dose of remdesivir
On Sunday evening, Conley announced that the oxygen saturation of Trump’s blood was 96 to 98 percent for the last time. This is an important value: when Covid-19 attacks the lungs, the body is less well supplied with oxygen.
Trump received a second dose of remdesivir without complications. It inhibits an enzyme in viruses that is needed to multiply. The doctor had previously promised a five-day treatment for Trump with remdesivir. On Sunday, his condition will be monitored and he will be supported in carrying out his official duties, Conley said.
“When I got here, I didn’t feel very well. Now I feel a lot better,” Trump said in the video published Saturday night (local time). His voice was a little thick and he seemed a little short of breath. “I have to come back because we have to make America great one more time,” the president said, referring to his campaign motto. “I think I’ll be back soon.”
Trump: “I had no choice”
At the same time, Trump has defended his approach in recent months, making many public appearances and campaign trips – and often without precautions such as wearing a mask. “I had no choice, I couldn’t just stay in the White House,” he said. “As a leader you have to tackle problems.” In view of the US presidential election on Nov. 3, Trump said he wanted to “end the campaign as it started.”
As long as Trump fails as an election activist, his kids and Vice President Mike Pence will have to replace him. Trump’s election campaign team launched “Operation MAGA” last weekend – based on the motto “Make America Great Again” that brought Trump to the White House four years ago. He had recently flown to events in different cities several times a week.
Pence will now perform for Trump for the first time on Oct. 8 in Peoria, Arizona. His TV debate with Democratic vice candidate Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City is scheduled for the day before. In addition to Pence, Trump’s children Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump travel to election campaign events.