Trump, who was wearing a muzzle, waved from inside his car to his supporters, moments after he posted a tweet on Twitter, in which he said he would make a “surprise visit.”
The president, who has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic, said in his tweet that he had learned a lot about the Coronavirus.
Earlier, his doctors said Trump was continuing to improve and may be discharged from hospital as early as Monday.
Doctor Sean Conley said that the president’s oxygen level has decreased twice since his diagnosis of the virus, and that he began taking the steroid drug dexamethasone.
Conley, who has sought to clear up the confusion caused by the conflicting statements about Trump’s case, added that the president had received extra oxygen at least once after testing positive.
In a tweet, the president – dressed in a jacket and shirt without a tie, said: “I learned a lot about Covid. I learned that by really going to school. This is the real school. This is not the school where we read books. I lived it. It’s exciting. Interesting, I’ll tell you about it later. “
The president’s diagnosis, which he announced in a tweet early Friday, turned his election campaign on its head. Trump faces Democratic rival Joe Biden in the November 3 election.
What did the doctors say?
Speaking at a press conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., Dr. Conley said that Trump’s oxygen level dropped for the first time Friday morning at the White House.
He added that the president was suffering from a high fever and his oxygen level was below 94 percent. The level in healthy people is 95 percent or higher.
The doctor said the president was given extra oxygen for “an hour” and was taken to Walter Reed in the evening. The news has already been reported widely in the US media, and Conley’s confirmation came after he refused to answer many questions about the issue at a news conference on Saturday.
The second episode came on Saturday when the level fell below 93 percent. When asked about the matter, Connelly did not say whether the president had received the oxygen, but added that if it did, “it was very limited.”
Conley said that the medical team decided to give Trump the drug dexamethasone, which studies have shown improves the chances of survival for patients who are forced into hospital due to the severe deterioration of their health due to Covid-19.
Steroids calm inflammation and the immune system and are used in conditions such as arthritis and asthma, as well as in some severe infections. These drugs are not believed to be beneficial in the early stages of infection with the Coronavirus.
“Given the timeline he’s going through,” Conley said [ترامب] With the disease, we are trying to do everything we can for it … We decided in this case that the potential benefits early in the infection may outweigh any risks at this time. “
Conley also spoke of an incriminating account about the president’s health given by the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on Saturday shortly after the doctor’s briefing. Meadows said that the vital signs Trump had shown in the past 24 hours were “extremely worrying” and that the next 48 hours would be critical.
“I think his statement was misinterpreted,” the doctor said.
However, Conley admitted to providing an overly optimistic description of Trump’s case the day before, saying, “I did not want to give any information that might direct the course of the disease in another direction. And so, you know, it looked like we were trying to hide something, and this is It was not necessarily true. “
Trump is considered one of the group most at risk from infection with Covid-19, as he is a male, at the age of 74, and is classified as obese.
On Friday, he was given a trial injection of a combination drug, and began a five-day course of remdesivir, an anti-viral drug.
Doctor Brian Garibaldi, who is also on the team treating the president, said Trump: “He feels fine. He was awake, and our plan for today is to get him to eat and drink, get out of bed as much as possible and move around.”
Doctors added that the president had not had a fever since Friday and that liver and kidney function had remained normal. But Conley declined to answer questions about whether the lung scans showed any harm.
Those close to the president tested positive?
A number of people close to the president have tested positive, including first lady Melania Trump. And several people who tested positive attended a meeting at the White House last weekend that was viewed as the event that led to the massive outbreak of the virus.
Other people who have tested positive for the virus include Trump’s close assistant Hope Hicks – who is believed to be the first to show symptoms – and campaign manager Bill Stephen and former White House adviser Killian Conway.
Nicholas Luna was the last person close to the president who tested positive for the virus, and he is the president’s personal companion and has constant contact with him.
What about the political situation?
On Saturday, the president’s campaign team said they will go “full speed” until Trump can return to campaign. The team called on top “agents”, including Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and Vice President Mike Pence to “go ahead with the campaign” for now.
Meanwhile, Pence is slated to contest Democratic Vice President Candidate Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
Joe Biden, who continued his campaign, had no plans for personal or public events. He also removed the negative ads from the president, and said on Saturday that Trump’s response to the pandemic in the United States was “illogical.”
In an interview with CBS, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is from the Democratic Party, said that Republicans in Parliament (Congress) and the president have been “for a long time … anti-science,” and that she hopes Trump’s infection will change his stance on the virus.
“I pray, in addition to the president’s health, to open his heart to millions of infected people,” she said.
She added, “I hope this is an indication that we really need to do better work to prevent the spread of this virus.”
Analysis written by James Gallagher, Business and Health Editor
How important is it to give Donald Trump dexamethasone? The steroid saves lives by calming the immune system, which can become dangerously overactive in cases of COVID-19, but it must be used in time. If given too soon, the drug may make matters worse by weakening the body’s ability to fight the virus.
This is not a drug that is usually given in the “moderate” stage of the disease. Trials in Britain showed the drug was helpful when patients needed oxygen – which was what Trump had for a while. The World Health Organization has translated these findings into indicative advice on steroid use in “severe and critical” cases.
Trump’s blood oxygen levels have fallen to less than 94 percent, which is one of the National Institutes of Health criteria for classifying a patient’s condition as “severe disease.” However, these low oxygen levels did not remain. The difference is big between someone who needs transient oxygen support and the final stage of recovery from COVID-19.
We do not know the full details of Trump’s health, but it is difficult to imagine that you or I would have been discharged while taking dexamethasone and remdesivir and after we were given an experimental antibody treatment. However, we do not have the medical support at the disposal of the US President.
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