Update on Trump's Condition, More People Come Down With It

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President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed yesterday following a diagnosis of the Wuhan coronavirus.

As we reported, he was given an experimental antibody cocktail that has had some success, according to the president’s doctor, Sean Conley.

From Townhall:

“Following PCR-confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident. In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” Dr. Conley wrote in a letter released Friday afternoon. “As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits. He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next steps.”

The White House said he would be working from the hospital for the next several days.

Later into the evening, Conley reported in a letter to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that the president had received Remdesivir.

From Fox News:

“This afternoon in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins University, I recommended movement of the President up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring,” Conley wrote in a letter addressed to McEnany.

“This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. 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.”

Trump even tweeted from Walter Reed later later Friday night, reassuring folks he was alright.

Trump isn’t the only one who’s come down with it too. Among the people who have come down with it in the last day or so: Campaign manager Bill Stepien, his former advisor, Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), GOP spokesperson Ronna McDaniel, counselor Hope Hicks, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who are both Judiciary Committee members. Many of those people were at the Amy Coney Barrett event. Fr. John Jenkins of Notre Dame was also at that event and came down with it. He said he has since learned he was in close contact with a colleague who came down with it. Jenkins said everyone was tested before being let into the event. Jenkins said he regretted not wearing a mask and he was seen shaking hands with several people at the event. According to CNN, Stepien criticized Jenkins during a campaign call on Thursday for making anti-Trump comments. Despite that he was invited to the event. Jenkins coincidentally is also on the Commission on Presidential Debates.

In an update today, a phalanx of doctors and nurses who were treating the president came out at Walter Reed to give an update.

Dr. Conley said that the president was doing very well since the diagnosis, that his cough was improving, that he was not having any trouble breathing, that they were monitoring him very closely.

One doctor on the team quoted the president as saying he was feeling well, that he “felt like he could walk out of here today.” Conley said they intended to give him a five-day course of Remdesivir which he’d already started. They said he was fever free for the past twenty-four hours and had no need for oxygen. Conley explained that it was hard to know exactly where he was on the course of the virus but that day seven to ten was where you could make a judgment about the course whether it might turn worse or resolve.

They were asked why he was transferred to Walter Reed and the doctor said that “because he’s the president of the United States.”

The media had a little bit of a battle with the doctor over his answer about whether Trump had received any oxygen. But the doctor made clear that he wasn’t in need of any today (although he didn’t seem to rule out if he had ever had any over the course of the last couple of days) so whether he ever needed it at any point is pretty irrelevant to his current condition, which was that he was doing very well.

So right now they’ll be trying to assess where he is. If he gets past that seven to ten day period where it doesn’t turn any worse, he will likely then be out of the woods in terms of real significant dangers. But the virus can go up and down where you appear to get better then it turns bad so that’s what they’re monitoring. So sounds like the word at this point is very good.