The White House’s top doctor relayed an optimistic assessment from his patient Wednesday, the second public update on President Donald Trump’s health since he returned from the hospital with Covid-19 two days ago.
“The President this morning says ‘I feel great!’” Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, wrote in a memo released by the White House press office.
Trump’s vital signs, oxygen saturation level and respiratory rate “all remain stable and in normal range” Conley wrote.
The doctor reported that the president has “now been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization.”
In addition, Trump’s labs “demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies from labs drawn Monday,” Conley wrote, adding that “initial IgG levels drawn late Thursday night were undetectable.”
Conley’s memo referred to the long-lasting antibodies the human body produces to combat the coronavirus, not the cloned antibodies Trump received in the form of a drug treatment.
The body normally develops long-lasting Covid-19 antibodies several days to a few weeks after infection. Their presence in Trump’s system signals that he is mounting an immune response against Covid-19 — likely with help from the drugs he was given during treatment, to some degree.
Trump has so far received two rounds of oxygen therapy, two experimental drugs — including one that is not available to the broader patient population — and one steroid generally reserved for severe or critical Covid-19 cases.
The president departed Monday evening from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being admitted last Friday, and aides say he has worked from the Executive Residence since arriving back at the White House.
Conley’s latest memo comes after he transmitted a less substantive appraisal of Trump’s condition Tuesday afternoon, writing that the president “reports no symptoms” and “continues to do extremely well.”
Neither Tuesday’s nor Wednesday’s memo has offered any details about the state of Trump’s lungs after being battered by an acute respiratory disease, and the White House also has refused to provide a definitive timeline of the president’s Covid-19 tests in the days before his diagnosis.