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Doctors say Trump could be discharged ‘as soon as Monday’: Live

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Trump medical team says his blood oxygen level dipped twice since Friday, but his condition ‘has continued to improve’.

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Doctors say Trump could be discharged ‘as soon as Monday’: Live

Trump medical team says his blood oxygen level dipped twice since Friday, but his condition ‘has continued to improve’.

Dr Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center [Jacquelyn Martin/The Associated Press]

4 Oct 2020

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35 minutes ago

  • President Donald Trump’s medical team said on Sunday his health “continues to improve”, and that he could be discharged on Monday.

  • Trump had also been given dexamethasone, a steroid, after his blood oxygen level dipped, what one expert called an “extremely worrying sign”.

  • Trump said in a recorded message on Saturday that he was feeling ill when he arrived at the Walter Reed medical centre but now feels better.

  • The president was moved to the military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, for treatment on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.

  • Trump’s diagnosis forced him to withdraw at least temporarily from the campaign, raising questions about its potential effects on the November 3 election.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, October 4

13:30 ET (17:30 GMT) – Expert calls use of dexamethasone ‘extremely worrying sign’

Despite the White House medical team’s positive prognosis, Dr Eric Feigl Ding, an epidemiologist and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told Al Jazeera that Trump being given dexamethasone is “a extremely worrying sign”.

“The WHO [World Health Organization] says it is only used for critical and severe patients. It actually recommends against [usage in] people who are not serious,” he said. “NIH [National Institutes of Health] also says it only for serious patients who are either on ventilators or supplemental oxygen, which Trump barely qualifies for.”

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