US President Donald Trump has continued to improve and could be released from a hospital where he is being treated with Covid-19 as early as Monday, according to his doctors.
Dr Sean Conley said Mr Trump’s oxygen level dropped for the second time on Saturday and he started taking a steroid called dexamethasone.
He also said Mr. Trump received extra oxygen.
On Saturday night, Mr Trump said the next few days would be the “real test.”
In the four-minute video on Twitter, Mr. Trump, in a suit jacket and shirt without a tie, thanked medics and nurses at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington DC.
“I came here, I didn’t feel so good, I’m doing a lot better now,” he said, adding later: “In the next few days, I guess it’s the real test. We will see what will happen. the coming days. ”
Mr Trump’s message came hours after conflicting remarks about his health, with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows saying his condition was “very concerning,” contradicting an optimistic assessment previously made by doctors in the President.
But on Sunday, Dr Conley sought to clarify the statements, saying, “I didn’t want to give out any information that might point the course of the disease in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it turned out that they were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true. ”
Dexamethasone is shown in studies to improve the survival of hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19. Steroids calm inflammation and the immune system, which is why they are already used in conditions like arthritis and asthma, as well as in some serious infections.
The drugs are not believed to be helpful in the early stages of a coronavirus infection. But as the disease develops, the immune system can overdrive, damaging the lungs and other organs – this is where steroids are supposed to help.
The president’s positive diagnosis on Covid-19, which he made public in a tweet on Friday morning, upset his electoral campaign. He faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden on November 3.
A number of people around the president have tested positive, including First Lady Melania Trump. Many of them attended a crowded White House event last weekend about Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment as Supreme Court justice. It is scrutinized as a possible “super-spreader event”.