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Trump ‘is doing very well’ as he is treated in hospital for COVID-19, doctor says

Written by on 03/10/2020

Donald Trump’s doctor has said he is “extremely happy” with the president’s progress.

Speaking to reporters, Dr Sean Conley explained that Mr Trump had been suffering from a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue – but said he has been improving.

“This morning, the president is doing very well,” he added.

He said the president, 74, has been “fever free for 24 hours” and that his heart, liver and kidney functions are all “normal”.

Dr Conley said Mr Trump is currently not on oxygen and is having no difficulty breathing, but refused to be drawn on whether he has had any supplementary oxygen since being in hospital.

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Trump: ‘I think I’m doing very well’

The president’s physician said he has been put on a five-day course of remdesivir – an antiviral drug originally created to treat Ebola.

He was given another experimental treatment – an antibody drug developed by Regeneron – before he was flown to the Walter Reed Medical Center by military helicopter on Friday.

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Dr Conley said his medical team “remain cautiously optimistic” about the president’s health and that he told them as they completed their rounds today: “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”

His doctor added: “It should be clear he’s got plenty of work to get done from the chief of staff – and he’s doing it.”

Mr Trump is considered to be at higher risk of serious complications from coronavirus based on his age, the outcome of his recent physical tests, and the fact that he categorised as obese.

His medical team say they will monitor him for any complications from either coronavirus itself or the drugs he is being given.

The president announced that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 in a tweet in the early hours of Friday morning.

Soon after Marine One left the White House, he posted a video on Twitter that said: “I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out, the First Lady is doing very well, so thank you very much I appreciate it, I will never forget it.”

The White House said the decision to take Mr Trump to the military hospital was “out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts”.

At least seven people who attended an event at the White House last week have also tested positive for COVID-19 – after attendees were seen hugging, fist-bumping and not wearing masks.

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Overall, a number of Mr Trump’s aides and allies have fallen ill with coronavirus – including Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest confidantes.

In other developments, Vice President Mike Pence – who has tested negative – will be taking Mr Trump’s place at a Make America Great Again event in Arizona.

Sky News correspondent Sally Lockwood, who is outside the hospital where the president is being treated, said: “Mr Pence’s event on Thursday could raise eyebrows.

“But these campaign rallies have been hugely controversial in the midst of a pandemic – with people closely packed together, no social distancing, and many people not wearing face masks.”

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