President Trump is “fever-free” and “doing very well” as he battles COVID-19, his doctor told reporters Saturday.
“We are extremely happy with the progress the president has made” Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley said outside the main entrance of Walter Reed Medical Center, where the president was admitted Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Conley said he was “cautiously optimistic” about Trump’s condition, and emphasized that the president “has been fever-free for over 24 hours.”
Trump’s symptoms, including nasal congestion and a cough are already “resolving and improving,” according to Conley.
The doctor said the president was not on supplemental oxygen Saturday, but would not say whether Trump had been since his Thursday night diagnosis.
“Yesterday and today, he is not on oxygen,” Conley said. “He’s not on it now.”
“He’s in exceptionally good spirits,” noted Dr. Sean Dooley, a member of the medical team treating the president.
Dooley continued: “In fact, the quote he left us with was, ‘I feel like I could walk out of here today.’”
The president completed his first dose of remdesivir therapy late Friday after he checked into the presidential suite at Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution,” after he tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said.
Remdesivir, an anti-viral therapy that is still undergoing clinical trials, has been used with success in severe coronavirus patients, but its value in treating mild cases is still being studied.
Trump’s normally active Twitter presence was quiet so far Saturday.
“Going well, I think!” he tweeted late Friday from Walter Reed. “Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
Earlier Friday, while still at the White House, the president was given a single dose of a polyclonal antibody cocktail — another experimental treatment that is thought to reduce the viral load in the early stages of COVID-19 illness.
“He completed the infusion without incident,” Conley wrote in a memo to the White House Press Office.
Trump was also taking zinc, vitamin D, the antacid famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin, Conley reported.
President Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday.Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen both tested negative for coronavirus Saturday morning, The Hill reported. Pence has been working from his Naval Observatory home since Trump’s diagnosis.
Meanwhile, Trump was keeping up with his presidential duties, the White House said.
He signed two bills into law Saturday morning — both related to appointments to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents.