President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on the evening of Monday, October 5th to continue his fight against COVID-19, after his medical team warned that he “may not entirely be out of the woods yet.”
Trump walked out of Walter Reed on his own. He made a low fist pump and gave a thumbs up to the press as he got into a black SUV to head to Marine One. The president in his return to the White House Monday afternoon said he is “feeling really good!”
“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” the president tweeted. “Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge.”
He added: “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
What is the Current Prognosis
Upon arriving at the White House, the President walked out on the balcony overlooking the South Lawn, and saluted military officers and Marine One as it departed.
The president arrived back to the White House after his physician, Dr. Sean Conley, hosted a press conference detailing the president’s progress and condition as he battles COVID-19.
“The president may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” Conley said, but said that his “clinical status supports the president’s safe return home,” where he said he will be surrounded by medical staff “24/7.”
“We try to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible,” Conley said. “There is nothing being done here that we can’t safely do at home.”
Dr. Conley added that the president met “most of his discharge requirements” on Sunday afternoon. “We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient who received the therapies he has.”
Conley also told reporters Monday that the president has not been on fever-reducing medicine for over 72 hours.
Conley stressed that Trump will receive “world class medical care” at the White House, saying “we’re not going to miss anything we would have caught up here,” while maintaining that the president is “back.”
The president was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday evening after experiencing what the White House, at the time, described as “mild symptoms.”
Conley said that the president was “a little dehydrated” on Friday, upon being admitted to Walter Reed, and had a fever.
On Friday, according to a White House official, there was “real concern” about his “vitals.”
The president also has faced health scares throughout his battle with COVID-19, including two instances in which his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly. Doctors treated the president with a dose of the steroid dexamethasone in response.
Conley said that Trump had a “high fever” and a blood oxygen level below 94% on Friday and during “another episode” on Saturday.
Conley said over the weekend that the president had received an antibody cocktail, as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin, along with his five-day course of Remdesivir.
The President and first lady announced they tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday, just before 1 a.m., after it was revealed that staffer Hope Hicks tested positive on Thursday.