President Trump’s doctor said he is “doing very well” and making progress after receiving two experimental treatments for coronavirus—but he refused to provide some details about his illness.
Dr. Sean Conley said Trump, 74, did not need supplemental oxygen Thursday, Friday or Saturday but he danced around the question of whether he had been on oxygen before that.
Conley also said Trump’s fever is gone, though he would not say how high his temperature had been.
“This morning, the president is doing very well,” Conley said outside Walter Reed National Medical Center in the first briefing since Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday.
The president’s oxygen-saturation rate was 96 percent, which is not in the danger zone. “He’s not having difficulty breathing or walking about,” a pulmonologist, Dr. Sean Dooley, said.
Dooley said Trump told him: “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”
Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive Thursday. The president was initially said to have “mild” symptoms but, on Friday afternoon, he was flown to Walter Reed—out of an “abundance of caution,” the White House said—for tests and monitoring.
Since falling ill, Trump has been given two experimental treatments—a promising polyclonal antibody cocktail made by Regneron and the anti-viral remdesivir—that are usually reserved for patients with more severe symptoms.
Melania, 50, still has only mild symptoms and did not go to the hospital.
The couple are two of eight people who contracted the coronavirus after attending a Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday, but other D.C. Republicans and Trumpworld figures who were not at that event—like Trump adviser Hope Hicks—have also tested positive in the last three days.