Sean Conley, personal physician to US President Donald Trump, acknowledged on Monday that the president “it’s not out of the woods” and that is in fact in a “unexplored terrain” by other COVID-19 patients due to the type of treatment they have received.
At a press conference shortly after Trump announced that he will return to the White House this Monday at 6:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. GMT), Conley defended the decision to discharge the president from hospital after only three days admitted, but he admitted that “it may not be entirely out of the woods.”
“We are a bit in unexplored terrain, being a patient who has received the type of therapies he has received at such an early point of his treatment, “Conley assured reporters outside Walter Reed Military Hospital, where the president is being admitted.
“So we are thinking about the weekend. If we can get to next Monday and it remains the same, or even better, improves, we can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief“he added.
Conley acknowledged that the medical consensus is that COVID-19 patients are especially vulnerable for a period lasting between seven and ten days since they registered the first symptoms, and that Trump has not yet reached that point, but said he is “cautiously optimistic” that everything will evolve well.
“At the White House you will have a prestigious medical staff at your disposal 24 hours a day, and we will not miss anything that we could detect here“at the hospital, the doctor claimed.
Many coronavirus patients who appear relatively healthy suddenly worsen during that seven to ten day period, and some medical experts have expressed alarm at doctors’ decision to allow Trump to return to the White House in the middle of the experimental treatment you are receiving.
Trump is one of the first known Covid-19 patients to have been given a combination of powerful treatments such as the experimental antibody cocktail from the pharmaceutical Regeneron that he received on Friday; the antiviral Remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
The dexamethasone is usually given normally in severe cases of COVID-19, and many doctors caution against his administration in the early stages of the disease, such as the one Trump is in.
President you have not even completed your Remdesivir treatment, that is usually administered to hospitalized patients: this Monday he will receive his fourth dose, before leaving the hospital, and on Tuesday they will give him the fifth and last from the White House.
Conley assured that doctors will supervise Trump to check when he is free of live virus that can infect him, something that usually happens “after ten days, although there are a possibility that it will be earlier or later. ”
The doctor again refused to clarify when Trump’s last negative test was, which would help to know when he could be infected or begin to infect others, and he also did not want to clarify if there is damage to the president’s lungs, stating that there are things of those who cannot speak due to patient privacy law.
Conley denied that Trump has pressured his medical team to return to the White House as soon as possible, and he even defended the president’s decision to leave this Sunday in a vehicle, with several members of the Secret Service, to greet his sympathizers outside the hospital, remembering that they all wore a mask.