President Donald Trump’s medical team says the president “may not entirely be out of the woods yet” as he heads back home to the White House.
Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, delivered an update on the president’s health Monday. Earlier, Trump tweeted that he would be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after a three-day hospitalization with the coronavirus.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
He says Trump “may not entirely be out of the woods yet” but he and the team “agree that all our evaluations and, most importantly, his clinical status support the president’s safe return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world class medical care.”
Doctors say that he will continue to receive his treatments from the White House.
President Trump's medical team refused to disclose the findings of his lung scans during Monday's update.
Conley said Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that he’s "just not at liberty to discuss" the findings.
Trump has been hospitalized at Walter Reed since Friday evening after he contracted the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump did receive oxygen and has had a course of steroids. Doctors said patients for whom that's the case often spend several days in the hospital in the best-case scenario.
The president's physician, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said that if Trump continued to look and feel well, "our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as Monday to the White House, where he can continue his treatment course."
At a news conference Sunday morning, one of the physicians treating the president said he had begun a course of the steroid dexamethasone Saturday after a drop in his oxygen levels. The president will receive that "for the time being," Dr. Sean Dooley said.
That would not be the typical plan for most COVID-19 patients who require oxygen and have been placed on steroids, said doctors who care for patients with the illness caused by the coronavirus.
President Trump posted this video to his Twitter account Saturday afternoon:
Amid the swirl of developments, sources told ABC News that Trump, who remains hospitalized, had been given supplemental oxygen and experienced shortness of breath, a potentially worrisome picture that appeared to contradict both the rosier statements from Trump's doctor and assessments that he was doing well both on Twitter and elsewhere.
Speaking outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday, Trump's physician would not offer a clear, declarative statement about whether the president had received oxygen treatment since testing positive.
The press pool was told soon after by a "source familiar with the president's health" that Trump's "vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care."
The lack of transparency and clarity from the White House contributed to a troubling pattern surrounding the events of the last week, including learning of Hope Hicks' diagnosis by a media leak, as the U.S. faces a potential crisis of governance just a month before the election.
Numerous questions remained including how many people at the highest levels of government had been exposed after a week of events involving the president where social distancing and mask-wearing were lax and the integrity of the testing efforts at the White House and elsewhere.
Since Trump announced he had coronavirus, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway have announced they tested positive for COVID-19.
The shocking news of President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis has reverberated through the world and here in the valley.
As the news of the president's positive test and hospitalization shakes our country, valley Trump supporter Karen Phelan from La Quinta said she's struck with anxiety.
"He has this image of being invincible," Phelan said. "It just really is very sad for all of us to have to see our president go through this and really the whole country is going through this."
Back in February, Phelan was one of a handful of East Valley Republican Women's club members who met President Trump up close and personal when he arrived at Palm Springs International Airport for a fundraiser in Rancho Mirage.
"The energy that I felt that day – it really truly was the most thrilling moment of my life to meet the man who's literally changing the world," Phelan said. "It's sad on a lot of levels."
Dr. Jill Gover, a behavioral health manager with the Desert Aids Project, said it's key to separate practical worry form the hypotheticals – and not to stress over the things we can't control.
"It's triggering, in general, a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty," Gover said. "If you're experiencing greater anxiety and greater fear and the anxiety temperature's going up, then that's a cue that you need to take a break from the news."
But with so much on the line, it can be tough to find distance from what's happening.
"There's anxiety that he's going to lose some traction in the upcoming election," Phelan said. "The rallies are probably not going to be happening anymore and we're hoping that we can have more debates."
Phelan said she's channeling her worry into hope for a positive outcome for the president.
"I know he's going to come through this," Phelan said. "He's going to show people that he's a survivor."
She hopes that through this uncertainty, the country can come together.
"I don't care if you're Republican or a Democrat, I wish health for all Americans," she said. "We all have to root for each other."