Trump administered dexamethasone, steroid used to treat inflammation in COVID-19 patients, but President may continue treatment from White House Monday

President Donald Trump may be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday, one of his doctors said on Sunday.

Trump has been undergoing coronavirus treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Center since Friday after he was given oxygen at the White House to help him breathe.

Trump’s doctor Sean Conley, said the President has been administered a medicine to control inflammation.

Conley said the medical team decided after some debate to administer dexamethasone, a steroid used to treat inflammation in COVID-19 patient.

He said the potential benefits of the steroid outweighed the risks.

President Trump has already been administered an experimental “antibody cocktail” as well as Remdesivir, an antiviral drug.

“The president has continued to improve,” the White House physician, Sean Conley, told reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “As with any illness, there are frequent ups and downs over the course.”

Conley said Trump’s blood-oxygen saturation level dropped twice since his diagnosis.

Dr. Brian Garibaldi, who is also on the President’s medical team, said “our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House.”

Dr. Conley also acknowledged for the first time that Trump was administered supplemental oxygen on Friday while stile at the White House, a contradiction of what he said at a briefing on Saturday.

He said although Trump was adamant that he did not need it, he was given it all the same. Conley said his blood-oxygen saturation was restored to about 95 percent after a minute of supplemental oxygen. He said the President remained on oxygen for less than an hour.

Conley added that Trump has not needed the treatment or seen a recurrence f a fever since Friday.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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