United States President Donald Trump faces a “critical” next two days as he fights the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in a military hospital.
Trump reportedly went through a “very concerning” period on Saturday after he was flown out of the White House in Washington, D.C. to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he is still confined.
Chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters outside the hospital, “We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery.” On Saturday, the US president’s chief doctor said the Trump was “not yet out of the woods.”
On Saturday night, Trump through a video from his hospital suite said he was beginning to feel better and that he hoped to “be back soon.”
Trump is already 74 years old and is said to be clinically obese, which puts him at greater risk of developing serious complications from Covid-19.
Although there were updates on Trump’s condition, how his team has been handling queries from the press has created more confusion. Dr. Sean Conley when facing the press dodged reporters’ questions when pressed for details, particularly if Trump was on oxygen.
“Thursday no oxygen. None at this moment. And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,” Conley said.
Conley, however, said Trump’s symptoms including a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue “are now resolving and improving.” He added the US president had been free of fever for 24 hours.
“He’s in exceptionally good spirits,” said another doctor, Sean Dooley.
Besides official disclosure that Trump’s heart, liver and kidney functions were normal and that he had no difficulty breathing and walking, Conley said the US president continues to conduct official business from his medical suite.
“While not yet out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic,” he said.
First lady Melania Trump, 24 years younger than the US president, was still at the White House to recover from Covid-19. Through a video, Trump said Melania was “really handling it very nicely.”