A Timeline of Trump’s Signs and Remedies

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A Timeline of Trump’s Symptoms and Treatments

President Trump returned to the White House Monday night, walked up the steps of the south portico, and removed his mask to pose for photos after three days of hospitalization for Covid-19.

President Trump's doctor, Dr. Sean P. Conley said earlier Monday that the president's health had improved after three days of treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and that he would be returning to the White House. The announcement came after doctors and senior White House officials released conflicting information about the president's condition, treatments, and when he learned he was infected with the coronavirus.

A timeline of events relating to the President's illness is taken from his tweets, press conferences, White House statements, and New York Times reports.

Mr. Trump and his team traveled to Minnesota for a rally that lasted about 45 minutes – about half the length of his typical campaign speeches.

During the event, one of Mr. Trump's closest advisers, Hope Hicks, developed symptoms related to the virus.

On the return trip, Mr Trump was asleep as some of his advisors discussed the condition of Ms. Hicks, who was isolated in the back of the plane.

At the event, Mr. Trump performed in front of hundreds of supporters, both indoors and outdoors. One person who saw the president there said he was in contact with about 100 people and was indolent.

Mr. Trump sounded scratchy on a call to Iowa voters and in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Later that night, Mr Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.

The president had a slight cough, nasal congestion, and tiredness.

Just before 1 a.m., Mr Trump said on Twitter that he and the First Lady had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The doctor recommended giving Mr. Trump extra oxygen.

"He was pretty much convinced that he didn't need it," said Dr. Conley. “He wasn't out of breath. He was tired, had a fever, but that was about it. "

After about a minute with two liters of extra oxygen, Mr. Trump's saturation level was back above 95 percent, said Dr. Conley. The President stayed in the White House with the supplemental oxygen for about an hour.

That evening, Mr. Trump was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for more thorough assessment and monitoring.

Mr. Trump received an 8-gram dose of an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail. He also took zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin.

The president also received his first dose of remdesivir, an antiviral drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an emergency Covid-19 therapy.

Mr Trump has mild heart disease, much like many men in their 70s. He also takes a statin drug to treat high cholesterol and aspirin to help prevent heart attacks. His health summary, published in June, showed he had crossed the obesity line at 244 pounds.

The president's blood oxygen levels dropped to about 93 percent for the second time, which some experts are citing as a potential indicator of severe Covid-19, although it was unclear whether the president was receiving supplemental oxygen.

He was given the steroid dexamethasone, which was used to treat diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and cancer. A study conducted by scientists from Oxford University showed that the drug reduced the deaths of Covid-19 patients under oxygen by a fifth.

Mr Trump received a second dose of remdesivir and had no known side effects, doctors said.

Dr. Conley said Mr. Trump remained "fever-free and without additional oxygen" as of that night.

"Although the team is not out of the woods yet, it remains cautiously optimistic," he added.

White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, described the president's health more dismally and generated skepticism about Dr. Conley's first press conference.

"The president's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his maintenance," Meadows told reporters. "We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

In a video shared on Twitter, Mr. Trump said he was "starting to feel good" and thanked supporters and well-wishers.

The president's blood oxygen levels improved to 98 percent, said Dr. Conley at a press conference.

Doctors wanted him to eat, drink, and get up as much as possible.

The president's medical team hinted at the possibility that Mr Trump could be released into the White House as early as Monday.

Doctors followed up lung damage for signs of pneumonia.

"There are some expected results, but nothing of greater clinical importance," said Dr. Conley.

In a video posted on Twitter by Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday, Mr Trump thanked nurses and doctors.

"I learned a lot about Covid," he said, looking straight into the camera. “I learned it by actually going to school. This is the real school. This is not the school where we can read the books, and I understand, I understand. "

He later took a surprise excursion from the hospital in his armored Chevrolet Suburban to drive past trailers holding Trump flags in front of the building. Mr. Trump wore a suit jacket and face mask but no tie, and waved to the crowd through a closed window as his motorcade slowly passed before taking him back to the hospital.

More than a day after the President's last health update, Mr Trump's medical team offered an optimistic outlook and confirmed that he would return to the White House on Monday afternoon.

"In the past 24 hours the president has continued to improve," said Dr. Conley. "He met or exceeded all of the standard hospital discharge criteria."

Doctors said that 72 hours had passed since his last fever and that his oxygen levels, including ambulatory satiety and breathing, were normal. The President's blood pressure was 134 over 78, his temperature was 98.1, his heart rate was 68 beats per minute, and his most recent oxygen saturation was 97 percent.

"While he may not be completely out of the woods just yet, the team and I agree that all of our assessments, and especially his clinical status, support the President's safe return home, where he will be surrounded by world-class medical care 24 / 7, ”said Dr. Conley.

The president had been given a third dose of remdesivir on Sunday night and would have a fourth before going to the White House, doctors said. He was supposed to get his fifth dose at the White House. He continued to use the steroid dexamethasone.

The medical team declined to comment on details about the president's lung scans or whether he would be quarantined at the White House for the duration of his illness. They also didn't offer a definitive date for the last negative test.

Dr. Conley said Monday that the team was "cautiously optimistic and on guard" to worsen the president's conditions this week, given the therapies he's received.

He said if the president could get through by next Monday, if he stayed the same or improved, "then we'll all take that last deep sigh of relief".

The medical update came shortly after Mr Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that he was leaving the hospital.

“I feel really good! Do not be afraid of Covid, "said the tweet. "Don't let it dominate your life. We developed some really great drugs and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago!"

Lew Serviss contributed to the reporting.

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