President Trump COVID-19 Update – Just the Facts
A global pandemic and one of the most important Presidential Elections is all in full swing. You combine the two and the political and news world erupts. There are so many stories out there I wanted to try and bring you just the facts. You can have your own opinions from there... Here is what I found:
President Trump had oxygen level problems that started on Friday Morning. His oxygen level dropped below 94%. He also had a high fever. He was put on oxygen. He improved a bit, but not enough. On Friday night, he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
On Saturday, Trump's blood oxygen level dropped for a second time to about 93%, which can indicate a severe case of COVID-19. He was given the steroid dexamethasone, which has shown to help COVID-19 symptoms ease. Then yesterday, on Sunday, there was noticeable improvement. The president's blood oxygen level was back up to 98%. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said they are "cautiously optimistic." He later admitted to not being as forth coming as he should have saying quote: "I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team [and] the president, over the course of his illness, has had. I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true."
The White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was not as openly optimistic when reporting on President Trump's health updates. On Saturday, Meadows said, quote, "The president's vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery."
On Sunday Trump teased "a little surprise" on social media, and then broke quarantine to go out in an SUV driven by the Secret Service to wave at supporters. When people accused Trump of unnecessarily putting the agents and others at risk Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, Tweeted, quote, "That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures."
In a video on social media, Trump said his diagnosis has been a hands-on learning experience. He said, quote, "I learned it by really going to school. This is the REAL school, this isn't the let's-read-the-book school . . . And I get it. And I understand it. And it's a very interesting thing."