President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to return to the White House after receiving treatment for COVID-19, Monday, October 5, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Trump, after 72 hours of hospitalization for the disease caused by the coronavirus, returned to the White House Monday evening.
“Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations and, most importantly, his clinical status support his return home” to the White House, which has medical facilities and practitioners to monitor the president around the clock, his primary physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters Monday afternoon.
Conley, an osteopath and a commander in the U.S. Navy, speaking with reporters at the hospital, declined to answer some questions, such as the condition of the president’s lungs, citing patient confidentiality.
The president is taking a steroid, dexamethasone, which is typically not administered in mild or moderate cases of the coronavirus, along with a five-day course of remdesivir, an antiviral medication.
Trump’s physicians remain “cautiously optimistic and on guard, because we’re in a bit of unchartered territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies he has so early in the course,” Conley said. “If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief.”
Conley received word last Thursday evening that both Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus after one of the president’s close aides, Hope Hicks, was confirmed to be ill with the infection.
Trump’s campaign on Friday put a hold on all previously announced events involving the president’s participation.
“As far as travel goes, we’ll see,” Conley replied when asked how soon Trump could get back on the campaign trail with less than a month before the November 3 presidential election.
The coronavirus has killed 210,000 people in the United States and infected more than 7.4 million across the country, according to Johns Hopkins University data.