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Trump Free of COVID-19 Symptoms for Over 24 Hours, Doctor Says

Trump Free of COVID-19 Symptoms for Over 24 Hours, Doctor Says

President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside of the Blue Room as returns to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 02:16 PM

President Donald Trump has been free of Covid-19 symptoms for more than 24 hours as of Wednesday, and his oxygen levels and respiratory rate are stable, the White House physician said in a new statement.

“His physical exam and vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory rate, all remain stable and in normal range,” White House physician Sean Conley wrote in a memorandum released Wednesday.

Conley added that Trump has been fever-free for more than 4 days and “has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization.” Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday and discharged Monday evening.

The president hasn’t appeared in public since making a made-for-television return to the White House late Monday, and health officials haven’t answered questions since that day, including whether he’s still on a steroid, dexamethasone. Tuesday was the first day since Trump fell ill that he didn’t appear in public or release a video address.

On Monday, the White House released specific measures of some of Trump’s vital signs, such as his blood oxygen level, blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and breathing rate. Wednesday’s letter from Conley did not include any of those specific details. The White House also has not confirmed whether Trump received a planned fifth and final dose of remdesivir, one of three drugs given to him to fight the virus.

Conley’s letter Wednesday said that Trump, in samples taken Monday, had “detectable levels” of antibodies as compared to samples taken Thursday, when the president had tested positive. Conley has previously said that he gave Trump an 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s antibody treatment on Friday.

Conley’s letter Wednesday began with: ”The president this morning says “I feel great!”

Trump has called on Americans not to fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 people in the U.S. this year. He has been eager to return to the campaign trail, as Democratic nominee Joe Biden widens his lead in the presidential race.

On Tuesday, Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets, including one that halted talks with Democrats over a stimulus bill to aid people suffering from the economic calamity brought on by the pandemic.

Trump is still at a stage in his illness in which a patient would likely be contagious, and as of Monday was still taking dexamethasone. The White House has declined to say this week whether he continues to take the drug, even as aides try to paint a positive picture of the president’s health.

“We actually spent some time together yesterday working very hard from the residence, and I can tell you that he’s fully engaged and feeling great,” Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox on Wednesday morning.

Trump, who typically avoids anything he sees as a show of weakness, is anxious to get back to normal even as he remains in an unknown stage of his fight with the virus. The crucial window in a recovery is between seven and 10 days, according to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who had Covid himself and was dispatched to interviews Sunday and Monday to discuss it.

For Trump, that period runs from Thursday to Sunday, if he indeed fell in on Thursday, Oct. 1. The White House has refused to say when his last negative test was before he became ill, raising the chance that he contracted the virus earlier than believed.

The White House has not scheduled any press briefings since Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive on Monday. Several of her aides have also tested positive, and many White House officials are working remotely, leaving the West Wing with far fewer people inside than is typical.

Meadows acknowledged that Trump is eager to return to the Oval Office and may do so as soon as Wednesday -- still during the time frame in which the virus is typically active and the case severity unknown.

“He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday. If he decides to go to the Oval, we’ve got safety

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President Donald Trump has been free of Covid-19 symptoms for more than 24 hours as of Wednesday, and his oxygen levels and respiratory rate are stable, the White House physician said in a new statement.
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