Donald Trump’s vitals are “very concerning” and the next 48 hours will be “critical”, a controversial report has claimed.
he report in the New York Times, based on the word of an anonymous source said to be “familiar” with the US President, is in stark contract to the 74-year-old’s doctor claimed just moments earlier.
Trump was hospitalised with “mild” coronavirus symptoms on Friday and is now being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
His physician, Dr Sean Conley, told press he was “doing very well”, adding that he was “in exceptionally good spirits”, but refused to put a date on when he might be discharged.
However, according to the New York Times, their informed source gave a grimmer assessment of Trump’s health, claiming doctors have refused to provide critical details.
The source, said to be “familiar with the president’s health”, told the NYT: “The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.
“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
It is still not clear how and when Trump caught the virus. He has attended several events recently without wearing a mask.
Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Rebecca Ballhaus attempted to clarify Dr Conley’s timeline in a tweet.
She tweeted: “A White House official clarifies Dr. Conley’s timeline. He says Conley meant to say it’s Day 3, not 72 hours in—the diagnosis was made Thursday night—and that Garibaldi meant to say it’s been two days, not 48 hours, since the Regeneron was administered on Thursday night.”
Dr Conley addressed media outside Walter Reed Hospital on Saturday October 3 and said the president is “extremely grateful” for all the support he has received and thanked media professionals for their care.
Asked when Trump may be discharged, Dr Conley said he did not want to put a date on it but that he is currently receiving a five-day treatment.
Dr Conley confirmed Trump had a mild cough, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever on Thursday, but said he was not receiving oxygen.
First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive for coronavirus, is “doing very well,” but unlike her husband, has not been admitted.