Oct. 4, 2020 – President Donald Trump may very well be discharged from the Walter Reed Army Medical Heart as quickly as Monday, his physician mentioned.
“Our plan for in the present day is to have him eat and to drink to be up and away from bed as a lot as doable,” Brian Garbaldi, MD, advised reporters. “[I]f he continues to feel and look in addition to he does in the present day our hope is to plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White Home to proceed his therapy course.”
Cmdr. Sean Conley, DO, added that Trump, who has been within the hospital since Friday night, “is basically doing nicely.”
However Conley additionally mentioned Trump, who was first identified with coronavirus late Thursday, twice had low blood oxygen ranges, as soon as Friday and once more Saturday. Solely the Friday occasion, nonetheless, required supplemental oxygen.
Nonetheless, along with continued injections of anti-malarial drug remdesivir, Conley mentioned docs have additionally began giving the president the steroid dexamethasone, which research have shown may help reduce risk of death in hospitalized COVID patients.
Conley mentioned Trump doesn’t have a fever and is up and strolling across the presidential suite at Walter Reed.
However Friday, he mentioned, Trump had a “excessive” fever and oxygen ranges under 94%. Though Trump insisted he didn’t want it, Conley mentioned they gave him supplemental oxygen “for an hour, perhaps, after which it was off and gone.”
Eric Topol, MD, editor in chief of Medscape, WebMD’s sister website for medical professionals, says giving Trump dexamethasone at this level solely is smart if he was nonetheless on supplemental oxygen.
“Now dexamethasone has been added to the kitchen sink of drug interventions,” Topol said on Twitter. “For his ‘transient’ want for oxygen? (in contrast with no oxygen). Sufferers within the pivotal trial confirmed no profit, and potential hurt, if oxygen was not acquired.”
Topol additionally questioned Conley’s reply to a query in regards to the standing of Trump’s lung operate. Requested in regards to the president’s lung X-rays and scans, Conley mentioned, “we’re monitoring all of that. There are some findings however nothing of a serious concern.”