A Timeline of Trump’s Symptoms and Treatments


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President Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening, walking up the steps of the South Portico and removing his mask to pose for photos, after three days of hospitalization for Covid-19.

President Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, said earlier Monday that the president’s health had improved after three days of treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and that he would return to the White House. The announcement came after doctors and senior White House staff members had given conflicting updates about the president’s condition, treatments and when he learned he was infected with the coronavirus.

A timeline of events about the president’s illness is drawn from his tweets, news conferences, statements from the White House and reporting from The New York Times.

Mr. Trump and his team traveled to Minnesota for a rally that lasted about 45 minutes — about half the length of his typical campaign speeches.

During the event, one of Mr. Trump’s closest advisers, Hope Hicks, started to have symptoms related to the virus.

On the return trip, Mr. Trump slept as some of his advisers spoke about the condition of Ms. Hicks, who was isolated in the back of the plane.

At the event, Mr. Trump appeared before hundreds of supporters, both indoors and outdoors. One person who saw the president there said he was in contact with about 100 people and appeared lethargic.

On a call with Iowa voters and in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Mr. Trump sounded raspy.

Later that night, Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.

The president had a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue.

Close to 1 a.m., Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus.

More than a day after the last update on the president’s health, Mr. Trump’s medical team offered an optimistic outlook and confirmed that he would be returning to the White House on Monday afternoon.

“Over the past 24 hours, the president has continued to improve,” Dr. Conley said. “He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria.”

The doctors said that it had been 72 hours since his last fever and that his oxygen levels, including ambulatory saturations and breathing, were normal. The president’s blood pressure was 134 over 78, his temperature was 98.1, his heart rate was 68 beats a minute and his last oxygen saturation was 97 percent.

“Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home where he’ll be surrounded by world-class medical care 24/7,” Dr. Conley said.

The president had been given a third dose of remdesivir Sunday evening and would receive a fourth before leaving for the White House, the doctors said. He was to receive his fifth dose at the White House. He has also continued use of the steroid dexamethasone.

The medical team declined to comment on specifics about the president’s lung scans or whether he would be quarantined in the White House for the duration of his illness. They also did not offer a definitive date of the last negative test.



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