The medical team of Donald Trump He assured this Sunday that the president of the United States “continues to improve” and that if his recovery after the Covid-19 that he contracted last week follows the same course, this Monday he could be discharged from the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington and continue his treatment at the White House. The good news about Donald Trump was, however, once again clouded with confusing information and changes in the story about his health. Indications about the president’s improvement were accompanied by the recognition that he had needed oxygen the previous two days -Something that until now he had refused- and that he had been treated with a steroid, dexamethasone, to control his immune response.
“The patient continues to improve,” celebrated the White House doctor, Sean Conley, in an appearance in front of the hospital door. He said he had no fever since Saturday, that he walks without difficulty and that he has no heart, kidney or liver complications.
Another one of the doctors, Brian Garibaldi, detailed the therapy that President Trump is following, who on Friday received two types of experimental treatments with antibodies and that also since that day he has been administered remdesivir, the only drug approved so far by regulators to combat this coronavirus. Conley and Garibaldi mentioned the use of dexamethasone, a steroid that has proven effective in severe cases of Covid-19. One of the major complications of the disease is the excessive immune response produced by patients after the infection phase and this steroid contributes to lowering this immune response.
“He feels good, he’s mobile,” Garibaldi said of Trump. “If he continues like this, we plan to discharge him as soon as tomorrow and continue his treatment at the White House.”
The appearance of Conley and the rest of the doctors did not help to close the doubts and confusion about Trump’s state of health. Conley had to admit that he did not speak the truth the day before, when he denied that the president had artificially required oxygen to combat a fall in his respiratory capacity. But he muddied his answer again when asked if Trump had needed oxygen again on Saturday. “I would have to ask the team of nurses,” President Trump’s head of health responded to reporters. «I don’t think so … If he did, it was very very limited. The only oxygen that I ordered, or that we administered, was Friday morning.
Conley had to give explanations of why had I lied about it in his previous appearance before the press. “I was trying to reflect the positive attitude that the team, the president and the march of the disease had had,” he said of his decision to deny oxygen assistance. “He did not want to give information that would show the course of the disease in another direction, and in doing so it seemed that he was trying to hide something, which is not necessarily true.”
The same sensation gave this Sunday when he was asked about what respiratory levels the president had had in the episodes of low capacity that motivated the use of oxygen. He said it was given to him on Friday because it was below 94%, but when asked if it had dropped below 90%, he fumbled again in his answer and only said that it had not been “at low levels of 80.”
He was also unclear about questions about the results of the lung scans that have been done to the president, given the possibility that he suffered from pneumonia. He simply said that the results were “expected”, without elaborating.
The appearance came a day after Conley and Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, offered conflicting accounts of the president’s health. Faced with the doctor’s vision that everything was going well in Trump’s recovery, Meadows, the president’s right-hand man, confessed to journalists that Trump’s situation was very worrying for the previous 24 hours and that the next 48 hours would be “critical.” .
This Sunday Conley assured that Meadows’ words were “misinterpreted” and that what he meant is that “24 hours before” there was a “momentary episode of high fever and temporary drop in respiratory capacity that led us to act expeditiously to transfer him here ”, referring to the military hospital where he is recovering.
Alyssa Farah, White House spokeswoman, defended Conely’s credibility despite acknowledging that he did not tell the truth the day before and said that “when you treat a patient, you want to project confidence, you want to encourage him and that was the intention.” On the information Meadows provided, he only said that the goal is “to be as transparent as possible.”
Farah did not give a clear answer about the circumstances in which Trump traveled to New Jersey on Thursday, to a campaign of electoral collection in which he had direct contact with supporters and donors. By then, a close associate who had traveled with him several times during the week, Hope Hicks, had tested positive. Trump had a rapid test that same night, but it is not known if the results were before or after that trip. Regarding the justification for attending this event, with a positive in his inner circle, Farah assured that it was “a decision made by the White House” and that “it was not considered to pose a risk.”
This Sunday, another close associate of President Trump tested positive. Is about Nicholas Luna, a direct assistant to the president, one of the White House employees who provides him with notes, accompanies him at rallies or escorts him between supporters. So far, in addition to Hicks and Luna, another adviser to the president, Kellyanne Conway, has been infected in Trump’s circle; three Republican senators (Mike Lee, Tom Thillis, and Ron Johnson); Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican Party; Bill Stepien, campaign manager for his reelection; Chris Christie, advisor to the president and discussion partner; and the Rev. John Jenkins, who, like many of those infected, attended last Saturday the presentation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
About 150 people participated in the event, with hardly any masks or physical distance in the rose garden of the White House, and it is feared that more infections will arise from other attendees.