Donald Trump doing well, with no fever; campaign manager also tests positive
New Delhi : President Donald Trump, who was flown to a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19, has been fever free for the last 24 hours, his doctors said.
Col. Sean N Dooley said that President Trump is not on oxygen and is not having difficulty breathing or walking around.
“He is in exceptionally good spirits,” he said while updating on the president’s health. “We are monitoring him very closely for any evidence of complications from either the coronavirus illness or the therapies that we are prescribing to make him better,” CNN quoted him as saying.
Dooley said the president’s cardiac, kidney and liver functions were all normal this morning. Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said the president had a “mild cough and some nasal congestion, fatigue” on Thursday, “all of which are resolving and improving.”
“The first week of COVID and in particular the days seven to 10 are the most critical in determining the likely course of this illness. At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the President has made,” Conley said.
Trump, 74, and his wife First Lady Melania Trump, 50, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
While the president was taken to the military hospital, the first lady stayed back at the White House. Conley earlier said the president was fatigued but in good spirits.
He said medical specialists have recommended Remdesivir therapy to treat the president’s COVID-19 infection. “I am happy to report that the president is doing well,” Conley said in a health bulletin on Friday night, the first after the president was moved to the military hospital as a precautionary measure.
“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,” he said.
In a video shared on Twitter, Trump said he is “doing very well” and thanked people for their support. “I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said in the 18-second video that he tweeted moments after he arrived at the military hospital.
“The first lady is doing very well. So, thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget it,” he said. Conley earlier said that as a precautionary measure the president received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. “He completed the infusion without the incident,” the doctor said.
Meanwhile, two Senators, a former adviser to President Trump, his campaign manager and three White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19, joining several officials working at the presidential palace to have contracted the infection.
Republican Senators Thom Tillis from North Carolina, and Mike Lee from Utah confirmed they have been tested positive for coronavirus.
Tillis along with Lee were seen at the White House last Saturday when President Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination.
Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday as well. According to Politico, Stepien was experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms.”
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday wished a speedy recovery to Trump and the first lady. In a message, Xi said that after learning Trump and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19, he and his wife Peng Liyuan extend sympathy to them and wish them a speedy recovery.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former presidents – Barack Obama and Bill Clinton – also wished the couple a speedy recovery.
[With agency inputs]