Trump doctor reflects on comments on timing of President Covid-19 diagnosis and treatment

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Trump posted on Twitter around 1 a.m. on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, and the White House announced on Friday afternoon that he had been treated with the experimental antibody therapy from Regeneron.

But during a briefing just before noon on Saturday, Conley said Trump was “only 72 hours from the diagnosis now,” which would have put his diagnosis at noon on Wednesday. Another doctor, Dr Brian Garibaldi, said Trump was treated with experimental antibody therapy “about 48 hours ago,” which would have been noon Thursday.

Medics did not address the schedule discrepancies during the briefing, but on Saturday afternoon Conley released a note to clarify the schedule.

“This morning, while summarizing the state of health of the President, I incorrectly used the term ‘seventy-two hours’ instead of ‘third day’ and ‘fourth eight hours’ instead of ‘second day’ in regarding its diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody. .

“The president was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1, and had received the antibody cocktail from Regeron on Friday, October 2. “The memo contained misspellings, including the name Regeneron, the name of the company doing the treatment Trump received. A Regeneron spokesperson told CNN the treatment was monoclonal antibody treatment, not polyclonal antibody treatment. The memo also didn’t mention that the 48-hour remark was made by Garibaldi, not Conley.

A positive Covid-19 test on Wednesday noon and the use of an experimental treatment on Thursday noon would dramatically increase the timing of Trump’s illness.

On Tuesday evening, Trump participated in the first presidential debate. The Cleveland Clinic, which hosted the debate, confirmed to CNN that it requires everyone in the debate room to have a negative Covid-19 test, but did not specify when the tests should be done, which tests were used or how campaigns were required to disclose. test results.

On Wednesday, Trump visited Minnesota. And on Thursday – after Trump aide Hope Hicks developed symptoms – the president attended a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey that included an indoor panel discussion, an indoor VIP reception with a socially distant photoshoot and an outdoor reception.

A confusing timeline

White House confuses Trump's status as source tells reporters next 48 hours will be critical

Although he said Trump had 72 hours left in his diagnosis, Conley also told Saturday’s briefing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that Trump tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday evening. Conley didn’t want to say when Trump’s last negative Covid-19 test took place.

“I’m not going to go for all the tests,” Conley said at Saturday’s briefing. “But he and all the staff… are tested regularly. ”

Asked about the 72-hour remark, Conley said: “So Thursday afternoon, after the close contact was announced, we repeated the tests.

“And given the kind of clinical indications, we were a little more worried. And late that night, we got the PCR confirmation that he was… ”Conley said, pausing.

During the same Saturday briefing, Garibaldi, one of the team of doctors treating Trump at Walter Reed, told reporters that Trump was treated with experimental antibody therapy “about 48 hours ago,” what would have been Thursday noon.

“About 48 hours ago, the president received special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus,” Garibaldi said just before noon on Saturday.

Conley had said in a note published Friday afternoon: “Following PCR confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure, he was given a single dose of 8 grams of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. The memo did not specify when the PCR confirmation had taken place.

Regeneron has confirmed that it has provided a single 8-gram dose of its antibody treatment for Trump to use, but did not say when it received the request.

CNN’s Jen Christensen and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.

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