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Donald Trump Put Under Experimental Coronavirus Treatment - Personal Doctor Shares Update

President Donald Trump is doing 'very well' and in high spirits while undergoing an experimental treatment for coronavirus, his doctors say.

Trump's personal physician Sean Conley offered an update on his condition outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning alongside several other members of the president's medical team.

'This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He's been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,' Conley said, adding that Trump has a mild cough and nasal congestion that are 'resolving'.

Dr Shaun Dooley, a critical care physician, took the podium next and said Trump's heart, liver and kidney functions are being monitored and are currently in good condition.

Dooley said Trump is in 'high spirits' and told his team this morning: 'I feel like I could walk out of here today.'

Conley was repeatedly asked by reporters if Trump had been placed on supplemental oxygen at any point but he declined to respond, merely saying: 'He is not on oxygen right now.' He said that the president is walking around and working in his hospital suite.

Trump is currently undergoing a range of treatments including a polyclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron that is not available to the public, remdesivir - an ebola drug that has already been shown to work against the virus - and vitamin D.

He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin and daily aspirin. 

Conley said doctors were continuing to evaluate when Trump can return to the White House, where first lady Melania is isolating after she also tested positive for the virus.

Asked why Trump was transferred to Walter Reed, Conley said: 'Because he's the president of the United States.'

While Trump's medical team maintained that he is well on the road to recovery, rumors have swirled that is condition is more serious than the doctors are letting on. 

Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to share an upbeat message about his condition amid reports that he had been hospitalized because he was having 'trouble breathing'.

'Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!' Trump tweeted after a CNN report quoted an unnamed presidential adviser claiming that there is 'reason for concern' about his condition.

'This is serious,' the source told CNN, stating that Trump was 'very tired, very fatigued' and claimed that his condition was much more severe than Melania's.

They confirmed he is 'fatigued', but that his condition is not deteriorating and the public should not be alarmed.

The president gave a 'thumbs up' as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak.

Before traveling to hospital, Trump had released an 18 second video message to the nation, saying he was being hospitalized but 'I think I'm doing very well.'

'We're going to make sure that things work out,' he said, adding that the first lady was also 'doing very well'.

With just a month to go until the election, it also emerged that:

  • Eleven people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night's presidential debate have now tested positive for COVID-19
  • Debate moderator Chris Wallace revealed that Donald Trump and his family arrived to the debate too late to take a COVID test
  • Wallace also said that debate organizers 'were not especially happy that the presidential party was not wearing masks' and 'there seems to have been a disregard for the risks of this virus'  
  • Seven people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, giving rise to fears that it was a 'super-spreader event' 
  • Among the top Trump officials who have tested positive are: Former presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, top aide Hope Hicks, campaign manager Bill Stepien and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel 
  •  Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump have expressed their well-wishes for their father
  • New Jersey contact tracers are struggling to work out the names of all of the people who were present at a fundraiser the president attended on Thursday just hours before he was diagnosed with the virus
  • Trump will work from the Presidential suite at Walter Reed that is specially outfitted with protective devices and communications gear

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