The President was being treated with experimental Regeneron's antibody cocktail recommended for those "critically ill."
When President Trump returned back to the White House on Monday, October 5, from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he recently tested positive for COVID-19, White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley had displayed some concerns about his health.
In a press conference, he had disclosed that the President's oxygen levels looked good and he was conducting business most of the afternoon. But he was not completely out of danger. Dr. Conley said that President Trump is "not out of the woods," and the doctors were being "cautiously optimistic," as reported by CBS News.
But looks like when the President said, "I think I'll be back soon," he meant it. On Thursday, October 8, Dr. Conley released a memo where he said that he believes the President would be back in the game soon, ready to conduct “public engagements” by Saturday, reported The New York Times.
WH doctor says Trump on track to go back to “public engagements” on Saturday... ie campaign trail. pic.twitter.com/kFkfQH3TdT— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 8, 2020
In the memo shared with the media, he wrote, "Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagements at that time." However, the note did not mention the last time President Trump tested negative for the virus, reported CNN.
According to CBS News, the President after his announcement of testing positive to the virus along with first lady Melania Trump was being treated with an experimental Regeneron's antibody cocktail, a powerful steroid recommended only for severe COVID-19 cases.
Echoing his doctor, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, President Trump said, "I feel so good." Discussing his plans for conducting a rally on Saturday, he said, "I think I'm going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we have enough time to put it together. We want to do a rally probably in Florida on Saturday night. I might come back and do one in Pennsylvania the following night. It's incredible what's going on."
The President's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, issued a new statement just a few hours after the memo that the second presidential debate would take place on the dates originally scheduled, reported The New York Times. The statement said, “There is therefore no medical reason why the Commission on Presidential Debates should shift the debate to a virtual setting, postpone it, or otherwise alter it in any way."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those tested positive for the novel coronavirus should be kept in isolation for a minimum of 10 days or 10 days after the first symptoms appear. Those with severe or moderate cases can stay infected for 20 days or even longer.