President Donald Trump has made substantial progress since testing positive for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, according to a nightly update from the president’s physician.
“President Trump continues to do well, having made substantial progress since diagnosis,” Sean Conley, physician to the president, said in a statement.
The president completed his second dose of remdesivir on Saturday evening, Conley said.
“He remains fever free and off supplemental oxygen with a saturation level between 96 and 98% all day. He spent most of the afternoon conducting business, and has been up and moving about the medical suite without difficulty,” Conley continued.
“While not yet out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic. The plan for tomorrow is to continue observation in between doses of Remdesivir, closely monitoring his clinical status while fully supporting his conduct of presidential duties.”
— Brian Morgenstern (@BMorgenstern45) October 4, 2020
The president tested positive for the CCP virus on Oct. 1. He has moved his presidential suite to the Walter Reed Medical Center.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump released a video statement on his health.
“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now. We’re working hard to get me all the way back—I have to be back because we still have to make America great again,” he said in the clip posted on Twitter. “We’re gonna beat this coronavirus or whatever you wanna call it,” he said, referring to the CCP virus.
“We still have steps to go … and finish that job,” adding that he is looking to work on therapeutics to defeat the virus.
Trump said that he was given the option to “stay in the White House” and “lock yourself in,” adding that “I can’t do that.”
“As a leader, you have to confront problems. There’s never been a great leader that would have done that. So that’s where it is,” he said.
The president also added that the first lady, Melania Trump, is “also doing well” after the first lady “asked [him] to say something” about her health.
“So I just want to tell you that I’m starting to feel good. You don’t know over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,” he said, adding: “We have things happening that look like they’re miracles coming down from God.”
Earlier on Saturday, White House doctor Sean P. Conley told reporters outside the military facility that Trump had not experienced difficulty breathing, and was not given oxygen at Walter Reed.
“The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Conley said. He declined to give a timetable for Trump’s possible release from the facility.
The White House has said Trump will work in a special suite at the medical center for the next few days as a precautionary measure. He had no public events scheduled on Saturday.
Conley said Trump will have a five-day course of remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug sold by Gilead Sciences Inc., which has been shown to shorten hospital stays for CCP virus patients. He is also taking an experimental treatment, Regeneron’s REGN-COV2—one of several experimental COVID-19 drugs known as monoclonal antibodies—as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin, Conley has said.
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.