Bethsada, Mo. – Infected and contagious, President Donald Trump briefly came out on a motorcycle on Sunday to salute the cheering supporters, a move that disregarded precautions included the deadly virus, which led to his hospitalization and 209,000 Killed more Americans.
Hours ago, Trump’s medical team reported that his blood oxygen levels had dropped suddenly in recent times and he gave him a steroid that was usually recommended only for very ill people. Still, doctors said Trump’s health was improving and he could be discharged as early as Monday.
With a month until Election Day, Trump was eager for the strength of the project despite his illness. The still-contagious president surprised supporters, who had gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, driving by a black SUV with windows. Secret service agents can be seen inside the vehicle in masks and other protective gear.
The weekend ended a week of contradictions that fueled confusion about Trump’s health, which affected the leadership of the US government and retained the final stages of the presidential campaign. While Trump’s physician offered a juicy diagnosis on his condition, his briefing lacked basic information, including findings of a lung scan, or was quickly troubled by other officials’ more serious assessments of the president’s health .
In a short video released by the White House on Sunday, Trump insisted that he understood the seriousness of the moment. But later his actions, leaving the hospital and sitting inside the SUV with others, suggested otherwise.
“This is insanity,” Dr. James P. Phillips, the physician present at Walter Reid who is a critic of dealing with Trump and the epidemic. “Every single person in the vehicle now has to leave for only 14 days during that completely unnecessary presidential drive-by. They can become ill. They can die. ”
“For political theater,” the doctor said. “Commanded by Trump to risk his life for theater.”
White House spokesman Jude Deere said Trump’s trip outside the hospital was “done by the medical team to secure it.” He said precautions were taken, including using personal protective equipment to protect Trump as well as White House officials and secret service agents.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s campaign said the Democratic presidential candidate tested negative for coronovirus on Sunday. The results came five days after Biden spent more than 90 minutes on the debate stage with Trump. Biden, who was taking a more cautious stance in in-person events, had two negative tests on Friday.
For his part, Trump still faces questions about his health.
His doctors answered questions on Sunday at the same time as Trump’s blood oxygen drop – an episode he neglected to mention in several statements the day before – or whether a lung scan showed any damage.
It was the second straight day of misconduct from the White House already suffering from a credibility crisis. And it creates more doubt about whether the doctors treating the president were sharing accurate, timely information with the American public about the seriousness of their situation.
He and the White House Navy pressured the CMRD about the disputed information released on Saturday. Dr. Sean Conley admitted that he had attempted to present an account of the president’s position.
“I was trying to reflect on the team, the chairman, that upbeat attitude to my course of the disease. Conley said that he did not want to give any information that could lead the path of illness in the other direction. “And in doing so, you know, it stopped that we were trying to hide something, which was not necessary. The fact of the matter is that he’s doing really well.”
Medical experts said Conley’s revelations were difficult for the class with his positive evaluation and talk of a holiday.
“A small one is a disconnect,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, chief medical and scientific officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
According to CDC guidelines, “In general, the transport and movement of a patient with suspected and confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection should be limited to medically necessary purposes outside of their room.”
Before Trump was off his motorcycle on Sunday, some Secret Service agents have expressed concern about masks and inattentive attitudes toward social disturbances inside the White House, but not much according to agents and officials, who Associated Spoke to the press. At the close of the election, thousands of agents are engaged on protective duty, so they can be ejected quickly should one test positive.
Revelations about Trump’s oxygen levels and steroid treatment suggested that the president is more permanent than a mild case of COVID-19.
Blood oxygen saturation is a major health marker for COVID-19 patients. A normal reading is between 95 and 100. Conley said the president had “high fever” and blood oxygen levels below 94% on Friday and during “another episode” on Saturday.
He was clear about the timing of Trump oxygen drops. (“It was over during the day, yes, yesterday morning,” he said) and asked if Trump’s level had fallen below 90%, to the area concerned. (“We don’t have any recordings of that here.”) But he revealed that Trump was given a dose of the steroid dexamethasone in response.
At the time of the briefing, Trump’s blood oxygen level was 98% – within normal anger, Trump’s medical team said.
Signs of pneumonia or other lung damage can be detected in a scan before a patient feels short of breath, but the president’s doctors refused to say what those scans showed.
“There are some expected findings, but not any major clinical concerns,” Conley said. He refused to outline those “expected conclusions”.
When asked about Conley’s lack of transparency, White House aide Alyssa Farah suggested that doctors were speaking more to the American public as president, “When you’re treating a patient, you believe Want to do, you want to lift your spirits ”and that was the intention. ”
In total, approximately 7.4 million people have been infected in the United States, and few have as close-minded attention and experimental treatment as Trump.
Trump’s treatment with the steroid dexamethasone is in addition to the single dose he was given from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. for an experimental drug that supplies antibodies to help the immune system fight the virus. Trump also began a five-day course of Remedisvir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used for moderate and critically ill patients, on Friday. The drugs work in different ways – antibodies help the immune system rid the body of the virus, and Remedisvir helps multiply the virus’s potential.
Pulmonary Critical Care expert Garibaldi said the president is not showing any side effects of the drugs “from what we can tell.”
The National Institutes of Health COVID-19 treatment guidelines advise against using dexamethasone in patients who do not require oxygen. It has been proven to help only in more severe cases. Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids depress some immune cells, hindering the body’s ability to fight infection.
Trump is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at greater risk of serious complications.
First lady Melania Trump remains in the White House, as she is battling the virus.
Several White House officials expressed disappointment over the level of transparency and public disclosure following the president’s announcement of his diagnosis this weekend.
They were particularly troubled by the beating between Conley’s upbeat assessment Saturday and the more anxious approach of White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. They privately admit that the administration has little credibility on COVID-19 and has unnecessarily belittled what remains of it with the lack of clear, accurate updates on Trump’s position.
Many in the White House were also shaken up and terrified – nervous that they had been exposed to the virus and faced the reality of what seemed like the security bubble became the COVID-19 hot spot is. It was suggested until late Sunday night for White House staff to send a general note that they would not come into the building if they did not feel well.
People reported from New York. Miller reported from Washington. Associated Press authors Loren Nirgard, Jonathan Lemar and Amer Madhoney in Washington, and Bill Barrow in Wilmington, Del. And Merlin Marchionne in Milwaukee contributed to this report.