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Donald Trump 'up and well' as doctors say COVID-19 condition is improving, confirm he received supplemental oxygen - ABC News

Donald Trump's doctors say the United States President's condition has been improving and he may be able to return to the White House as early as Monday (local time).

Mr Trump, 74, was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Friday after he and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Trump's personal physician, Dr Sean Conley, confirmed at a press conference on Sunday (local time) that Mr Trump had been given supplemental oxygen twice on Thursday and Friday, after a series of contradictory messages from the White House caused confusion about his condition.

"The fact of the matter is that he's doing really well," he told reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.

Dr Conley said he was trying to "reflect the upbeat attitude" of the President and his medical team when he previously declined to say that Mr Trump had been given oxygen.

The message from Dr Conley at the time had contrasted with briefings from White House chief of staff Mark Meadows who had said the medical team was concerned with the President's health Friday morning when he experienced a drop in his blood oxygen levels and had a high fever.

Dr Conley added that he "didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, came off like we're trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true".

Potential return to the White House

Six men in white lab coats deliver a press conference outdoors
Donald Trump's medical team provide an update to journalists on the United States President's condition as he battles COVID-19.(AP: Jacquelyn Martin)

Mr Trump's medical team said he had not run a fever since Friday and that his liver and kidney function remained normal after the second dose in a five-day course of Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug sold by Gilead Sciences that has been shown to shorten hospital stays.

Dr Brian Garibaldi said Mr Trump was also given the steroid dexamethasone in response to "transient low oxygen levels".

Dexamethasone is shown in studies to improve survival for patients hospitalized with critical COVID-19 who need extra oxygen.

But it should not be given in mild cases since it can limit the body's own ability to combat the virus, according to guidelines from the Infectious Disease Society of America

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on the sideline of a medical press conference outdoors
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sat on the sidelines of the press conference updating journalists on Donald Trump's condition.(AP: Jacquelyn Martin)

Mr Trump has also been being given an experimental treatment, Regeneron's REGN-COV2, as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin.

He released a four-minute video on Saturday in which he said the "real test" of his condition will come over the next few days.

Dr Garibaldi, a specialist in pulmonary critical care, said Mr Trump was "up and well" and the plan was to have him "out of bed" on Sunday as much as possible.

Dr Garibaldi and Dr Conley said if things continue to go well, Mr Trump would be able to return to the White House as early as Monday while continuing his course of Remdesivir treatment and other appropriate therapy.

'Aggressive' campaigning to continue

Mike Pence speaks from behind a lectern.
Vice-President Mike Pence is continuing to campaign despite Donald Trump's illness.(AP: Charlie Neibergall)

The President's campaign vowed that Vice-President Mike Pence, who would assume the presidency if Mr Trump were unable to carry out his duties, would have an "aggressive" campaign schedule this week, as would Mr Trump's three oldest children.

"We can't stay in our basement or shut down the economy indefinitely. We have to take it head-on," Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said on ABC's America This Week.

With Mr Trump off the campaign trail indefinitely, his campaign announced 'Operation MAGA', based on his slogan 'Make America Great Again', which will see high-profile allies including Mr Pence and Mr Trump's elder sons, Donald Jr and Eric, take over in-person campaigning this week.

Mr Pence, who tested negative to coronavirus on Friday, is scheduled to debate Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who largely avoided direct criticism of Mr Trump during a campaign trip to Michigan, took a more aggressive tone on Saturday while speaking to a transit workers' union, even as he wished the President well.

"I'm in a little bit of a spot here, because I don't want to be attacking the President and the First Lady now," Mr Biden said, adding he hoped Mr Trump and his wife Melania made a full recovery.

But he quickly turned to Mr Trump's response to the pandemic, calling it "unconscionable" and blasting Mr Trump's comment in an interview this summer that "it is what it is" when asked about the death toll.

A number of other prominent Republicans have also tested positive for coronavirus since Mr Trump's announcement, including Republican senators Mike Lee, Thom Tillis and Ron Johnson, former White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Reuters/AP

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