Trump’s physician says president is fever-free and not on oxygen

Dr. Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, provided an update Saturday on the president’s condition. (AP)

Dr. Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, provided an update Saturday on the president’s condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the president spent the night after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. He said the president was fever-free, but sidestepped several questions about whether Mr. Trump had received oxygen treatment.

“This morning, the president is doing very well,” Conley told reporters, saying the president was “just 72 hours into the diagnosis now,” and the first week of the illness is the most critical.

“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Conley continued. He added that “the president has been fever-free for over 24 hours.”

Conley said he did not want to put a “hard date” for when Mr. Trump would be discharged. Conley repeatedly avoided questions about whether the president was treated with supplemental oxygen prior to Saturday, before finally saying he was not on oxygen on Thursday and had not been treated with oxygen when the president was at Walter Reed on Friday.

He declined to disclose the president’s temperature when he had a fever, but said the president had been feverish from Thursday into Friday. Conley also avoided answering questions about when the president had been infected.

Dr. Sean Dooley, another member of the president’s medical team, said the president “is in exceptionally good spirits,” adding that the president told him “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”

Conley said Friday night that Mr. Trump was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen.

“He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley said. Remdesivir has shortened the recovery time for some patients with the virus.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that Mr. Trump had “mild symptoms” and was being transferred to Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts.” White House sources said Mr. Trump had a low-grade fever.

Mr. Trump tweeted an update from the hospital, where he will be spending the next few days “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” he wrote late Friday.

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