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Donald Trump and the physicians treating him have all worked to portray his condition recovering from COVID-19 in upbeat terms. However, independent health professionals have shared that there’s key information that the public does not know.
Trump has been hospitalized at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., after he announced that he and his wife, Melania, both tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Information has been choppy, and sometimes contradictory, since the president has been admitted.
Trump Saturday shared an upbeat video via Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
Dr Brian Garibaldi, one of the doctors treating Trump at Walter Reed, briefed reporters Sunday.
“Today, he feels well. He’s been up and around. Our plan is to have him to eat and drink, be up out of bed as much as possible to be mobile,” he said. “If he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is to plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.”
Despite the optimistic shine, other independent physicians continue to say that there are unanswered questions.
“We are still missing a lot of basic information. I watched that press conference and some of the most basic health information typically provided wasn’t,” said long-time CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. “Was he fever-free off of medications? You can give medications to reduce fever, obviously. It’s critical. Was he receiving medications to reduce the fever? Does he have pneumonia? He was asked about chest image ago and any impact on the lungs this is a respiratory virus. We still don’t know the answer to that question. Critical: When was the last time of his negative test and gives us an idea of where he is in the course of his illness overall.
“You point out he seemed to have unstable vital signs for a period of time according to the Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. And he was on oxygen. When you put the last two in particular together it pains the course and puts him in a higher risk, the fact he required oxygen does speak to the impact this has had on his lungs even if they won’t show us his chest CT or something like that,” Gupta added during an on-air interview with host Jake Tapper. “We also know that long-term: If you’re hospitalized about 85, 87 percent of people do have persistent symptoms, shortness of breath or fatigue or something like that. The next several days will be critical, Jake.”
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