Trump Could Suffer 'Reversal' in COVID Treatment, Fauci Says

Ralph Ellis

October 07, 2020

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President Trump may be home after spending three nights in the hospital for coronavirus treatment, but he's not "out of the woods yet," Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN.

Noting that "it's still early" in Trump's recovery, Fauci said that many coronavirus patients have relapses after feeling better.

"It's no secret that if you look at the clinical course of people, sometimes when you are five to eight days in, you can have a reversal," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday.

"It's unlikely that it will happen. But they need to be heads-up for it. He knows it, the physicians know it," he said.

Fauci praised the president's treatment team at Walter Reed Medical Center and noted that Trump "certainly does look very well. You saw the way he came out of the helicopter. He looked like he was in pretty good shape."

Trump announced around 1 a.m. Friday that he and his wife, Melania, had tested positive for coronavirus. He checked into Walter Reed on Friday afternoon and checked out Monday night.

In a video released Monday night, Trump said he felt good and urged Americans not to fear the coronavirus.

"Don't let it dominate. Don't let it take over your lives. Don't let that happen. We are going back to work. I know there is a risk, there is a danger, but that's OK. And now I am better, maybe I am better. I don't know. But don't let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful," Trump said.

Trump's personal doctor, Sean Conley, also said Monday that Trump "may not be entirely out of the woods yet." He said Trump had met the requirements for discharge.

As of Tuesday, there have been 7.4 million reported cases of coronavirus in the United States and 210,000 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.


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