Donald Trump’s Doctors Say He Was Given Drug That Has Been Effective Only For Severely Ill Patients
Speaking to reporters, a team of doctors for Donald Trump assured America that the president is doing well, and that current treatment courses are for mild symptoms. However, the public already has questions about contradictions in these updates, and one drug mentioned by the medical team is only considered effective when given to patients in severe condition.
Donald Trump’s medical team emerged Sunday morning from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to give an update on the president’s condition. Dr. Sean Dooley said that the president hasn’t had a fever since Friday morning — consistent with Dr. Sean Conley’s assertion Saturday morning that Trump had been fever-free for 24 hours — and that he was not complaining of any breathing difficulties. Dr. Brian Garibaldi then stepped up to offer additional updates, saying that Trump’s kidney and liver function haven’t been affected.
With regard to lung function and oxygenation, he goes on, “In response to transient low oxygen levels and Dr. Conley has discussed, we did initiate Dexamethasone therapy, and he received his first dose of that yesterday, and our plan is to continue that for the time being.”
President Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed medical center "as early as tomorrow" if his condition supports that, his medical team says. pic.twitter.com/LKq6pLUYMS
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 4, 2020
CBS reported on the research regarding this particular steroid treatment in June, saying it showed promise as a last-ditch measure.
The steroid dexamethasone has been found to reduce the risk of death in seriously ill coronavirus patients by about a third, according to clinical trial results hailed on Tuesday as a “major breakthrough.” The drug did not appear to help less severely ill patients.
Trump’s doctors have already raised questions through contradictory information, including Dr. Conley’s explanation Sunday morning that he avoided letting the press know about the president’s Friday use of supplemental oxygen in order to keep an “upbeat” appearance, and his Saturday timeline, in which he said that it had been 72 hours since diagnosis (nearer 36 hours after Trump tweeted that he’d had a positive test). He has since released a statement saying that he misspoke, and indicating that the timeline given by the president, rather than his own, is the accurate one.
"I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had" — Conley tries to explain away misleading statements he made on Saturday pic.twitter.com/NvG2BJt6gU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 4, 2020
The medical team now says Donald Trump could be released to return to the White House as soon as Monday, though a Saturday night statement from Conley said that the president was “not yet out of the woods.”