Doctors not involved in treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 have suggested that the presidents case might have been severe based on the treatment he got.
According to the experts, the fact that Trump has been started on dexamethasone – a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation – is the strongest evidence yet that his case may be severe.
Trump’s medical team on Sunday said the president was started on the steroid after experiencing low oxygen levels, but his condition was improving and he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday.
“What I heard in the news conference description suggested the President has more severe illness than the generally upbeat picture painted,” said Dr. Daniel McQuillen, an infectious disease specialist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Given the patient is 74 years old, overweight and possibly at high risk of complications, “they were aggressive at the beginning,” said Dr. Stuart Cohen, chief of infectious disease at California’s UC Davis Health.
He and other doctors who have been treating COVID-19 patients for months said Trump, who surprised cheering supporters outside the hospital by riding past in a motorcade Sunday evening, could still be discharged from the hospital.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday, October 4, made a brief drive outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for Covid-19.
Shortly before he left the hospital, Trump posted a video on Twitter, saying “I also think we will pay a little surprise to the patriots that are waiting outside in the streets.”
In the video, Trump said that he had “a very interesting journey” where he learned a lot about Covid-19 by going to the “real school” and not the “read the book school”.
“It has been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about Covid-19. I learned by really going to the school and this is the real school and this isn’t the read the book school. And I get it and I understand it,” he said.
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