A White Home doctor’s feedback on Sunday concerning the well being of President Donald Trump amid his coronavirus analysis added a brand new layer of confusion even because the physician sought to make clear contradictory statements from the day earlier than.
Right here’s what we all know and what we don’t know:
WHAT WE KNOW: TRUMP’S MEDICAL CONDITION
Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s doctor, stated Trump was given a steroid dexamethasone after his blood oxygen stage had dropped immediately twice in current days, however he “has continued to enhance” since then. Conley stated Trump could possibly be discharged from Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Middle as early as Monday.
Conley stated Trump had a “excessive fever” and a blood oxygen stage beneath 94% on Friday and through “one other episode” on Saturday.
Conley was evasive when requested whether or not Trump’s blood oxygen stage had dropped beneath 90%: “We don’t have any recordings right here on that.” The extent at the moment stands at 98%, Trump’s medical crew stated.
Blood oxygen saturation is a key well being marker for COVID-19 sufferers. A standard studying is between 95 and 100. A drop beneath 90 is regarding.
Trump’s crew stated Sunday that Trump obtained oxygen on the White Home on Friday. They weren’t clear on whether or not he obtained any Saturday.
The extra particulars emerged after White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows on Saturday stated a few of Trump’s important indicators have been “very regarding” Friday. That disclosure contradicted a rosy evaluation Trump’s medical doctors had initially offered.
Together with a steroid, Trump has been handled with two experimental medicine, medical doctors stated.
On Friday, Trump was given a single dose of a drug that Regeneron Prescription drugs Inc. is testing to produce antibodies to assist his immune system battle the virus. Trump additionally has taken two doses of a five-day course of remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug at the moment used for reasonably and severely in poor health sufferers.
Trump’s crew stated Sunday that Trump is “up and round” and doing nicely. They stated if issues proceed to go nicely, Trump will have the ability to return to the White Home on Monday to proceed his therapy.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: TRUMP’S MEDICAL CONDITION
Trump’s medical crew continued to dodge many questions Sunday, akin to the particular timing of the president’s dip in oxygen and the impression of the illness on his lungs.
Requested repeatedly about what lung scan assessments discovered and whether or not there have been any indicators of pneumonia or different injury, Conley responded: “We’re monitoring all of that. There’s some anticipated findings however nothing of any main medical concern.”
Conley additionally hasn’t specified the place Trump is within the “illness course” of COVID-19. Days seven to 10 sometimes are a time of upper concern, he stated.
WHAT WE KNOW: WHEN TRUMP FELL ILL
Trump began exhibiting signs by Thursday, a full day earlier than the White Home introduced what have been initially referred to as “gentle signs.”
Conley stated Trump confirmed some frequent indicators of COVID-19 on Thursday — a light cough, stuffy nostril and fatigue. The president examined constructive that night, the physician stated.
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The timeline issues as a sign of how clear Trump, his staffers and medical doctors are being concerning the president’s well being and whether or not Trump ought to have recognized he might have been spreading the virus as he mingled with marketing campaign donors, staffers and others Thursday.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: WHEN TRUMP FELL ILL
Conley declined to say when Trump had final been examined earlier than Thursday’s take a look at confirmed COVID-19.
WHAT WE KNOW: HOW TRUMP WAS INFECTED
It’s not clear, however consideration is specializing in a White Home occasion Sept. 26 introducing Trump’s Supreme Courtroom nominee. Trump gathered greater than 150 individuals within the Rose Backyard, the place they mingled, hugged and shook fingers — overwhelmingly with out masks. Pictures additionally present a number of indoor receptions, the place Trump’s nominee, Choose Amy Coney Barrett, her household, senators and others gathered within the shut quarters within the White Home.
Amongst those that attended who’ve now examined constructive: former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, White Home counselor Kellyanne Conway, the president of the College of Notre Dame and at the least two Republican lawmakers — Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: HOW TRUMP WAS INFECTED
There’s no approach to know for positive if the Rose Backyard occasion was the place Trump — who sometimes shuns a masks and has saved holding huge public gatherings throughout the pandemic — was uncovered. The president had a full week of official and marketing campaign occasions earlier than his hospitalization Friday.
A 3rd Republican senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, introduced his constructive take a look at Saturday, and he had not attended Barrett’s nomination kickoff.
The administration says a White Home medical crew is tracing contacts.