President Donald Trump received supplemental oxygen following his coronavirus diagnosis, White House physician Sean Conley on Sunday.
The revelation comes a day after the doctor sidestepped questions about whether the president had received oxygen over the course of his treatment.
Conley said that he recommended the president be given supplemental oxygen on Friday. He indicated it was possible Trump also received supplemental oxygen on Saturday.
“Late Friday morning, when I returned to the bedside, the president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94 percent,” Conley told reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday.
Conley also said that Trump has experienced two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen levels since he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus late Thursday evening. The second episode, which the doctor said occurred Saturday morning, lead doctors to begin treating Trump with dexamethasone, a steroid that is used to reduce inflammation.
Trump's doctor, Dr Sean Conley, says the president has been treated with dexamethasone after "two episodes of transient drops in oxygen saturation"
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Dr. Conley on reluctance to disclose the president had been administered oxygen: "I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude…I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction." pic.twitter.com/BEdaj8iB24
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