President Donald Trump experienced two drops in his oxygen levels over the course of his coronavirus illness but his condition has continued to improve, Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said on Sunday.
"The president has continued to improve," Conley told reporters outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "As with any illness, there are frequent ups and downs over the course."
Conley said Trump was doing well Thursday night into Friday morning and was only experiencing mild symptoms with his blood oxygen levels in the high 90s.
Trump was given supplemental oxygen on Friday because his oxygen saturation levels dropped below 94%. On Saturday, Trump's oxygen saturation dipped to about 93%, the doctor said. The doctors monitored Trump and his oxygen levels went back up.
The president's blood oxygen level is currently at 98%, Conley said.
Conley also said that the president has been administered dexamethasone, a steroid that treats inflammation in Covid-19 patients and has been shown to help extremely ill Covid-19 patients.
Trump could be discharged as early as Monday to continue his treatment at the White House, the doctors said. The president has entered his third day in the hospital on Sunday after contracting the virus last week.
The Sunday briefing comes a day after a presentation from the doctors that sowed confusion and concern over the president's condition and raised new questions about when it was known that Trump was ill.
Trump's team of doctors acknowledged on Sunday that they gave an overly positive description of the president's condition on Saturday.
"I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true," Conley said.
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