What Trump’s Symptoms Mean for COVID Course

This story was updated Oct. 3, 2020 at 12:41 p.m.

Oct. 2, 2020 — President Donald Trump is breathing normally, doesn’t have a fever now, and is “doing very well” as he recovers from the coronavirus, his personal physician, Sean Conley, DO, said Saturday morning during a press briefing at Walter Reed Medical Center.

“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the President has made,” Conley said.

Trump was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday afternoon “out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts” after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the White House. He is at higher risk for severe illness because of his age and obesity,

First lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive, is doing well and does not need to be at the medical center, Conely said.

Trump has been fever free for 24 hours. He’s not receiving oxygen therapy and his blood pressure and heart rate are normal. “More than anything he’s felt a little run down,” Conley said.

The doctor said Trump is in good spirits and told doctors a few hours ago, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.” He  wouldn’t say when he thought Trump would be able to leave the hospital. 

The president started taking a course of the anti-viral drug remdesivir Friday, a drug under study as a COVID-19 treatment. Earlier, the president received a dose of an experimental antibody therapy on Friday “as a precautionary measure,” Conley said.

Regeneron, the company that makes the “antibody cocktail,” released early results of the therapy this week, saying the drugs tamped down symptoms and reduced viral load in COVID patients who were not in a hospital and who had not mounted their own immune response to the virus. The first study included just 275 patients. Another study is underway to confirm the findings.

Trump got the highest dose of the therapy given to patients in the initial study, 8 grams. Conley says he had no side effects from his IV infusion. Trump also has been taking zinc, vitamin D, heartburn drug famotidine, melatonin and aspirin, according to memo from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

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