10/05/20 By Rhiannon Melton
President Donald Trump and his medical team announced in a briefing Monday that he will be discharged from the hospital by tonight. Trump has spent three days at the hospital under intense care after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
President Trump announced his departure from the hospital through Twitter, posting,
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30PM. Feeling really good!”
Several people around the President have reported that he is healing quickly and has not recently experienced popular symptoms of the disease. Dr. Sean P Conley, President Trump’s personal doctor, stated during the briefing Monday afternoon that Trump hasn’t experienced a fever in the past 48 hours and is in stable enough condition to be discharged. White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, also stated early Monday in an interview with Fox News that President Trump’s condition and health continue to improve.
Many, though, have criticized the decision to discharge President Trump, due to reports of his oxygen levels depleting significantly in two episodes. Critics believe that his condition isn’t as stable as reported.
Previously, his medical team utilized intravenous medication and steroids to help mitigate his condition. Steroids aren’t considered appropriate for mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, leading many health experts to question if President Trump is downplaying his experience of COVID-19 to fit a larger narrative.
In his Tweet earlier today, the President urged, “Don’t be afraid of COVID-19. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
Despite the criticism following the announcement of Trump’s discharge, Conley states that President Trump fulfills the discharge criteria.
“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.” said Conley to the press.