Dr. Sanjay Gupta Details What We're Still Not Being Told About Trump's Condition
CNN's chief correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, raised numerous questions about President Donald Trump's health, saying the president should "apparently not" go back to work in the Oval Office on Wednesday while he is still contagious with COVID-19.
Trump broke isolation at the White House and returned to the Oval Office just two days after leaving the hospital, where he had been treated after testing positive for the coronavirus last Thursday.
His doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo on Wednesday that Trump had been fever-free for more than four days, symptom-free for 24 hours, and had not received supplemental oxygen since his first hospital stay. However, the White House has refused to disclose the last time Trump received a negative test result, leaving unanswered questions about his time of infection after days of confused information made available to the public about his condition.
Gupta told CNN's Jake Tapper that Trump should almost certainly still be shedding the virus and be isolated.
“Is he wearing a mask? Is there additional ventilation there? Are there people in the immediate vicinity? Do you wear personal protective equipment and do you know how to wear it correctly? The doctor asked.
In response to Conley's memo, Gupta said it was "almost as much what we don't hear compared to what we hear".
“Does he have pneumonia? We have been asking this question every day now. He had lung scans, we know that. They said these lung scans had findings. Did he continue to take chest x-rays? Whatever the results, will whatever improve? "
Gupta also asked what drugs Trump is taking:
“We knew he had a dose of the antibodies. He was on remdesivir. Is he still getting the steroids? The dexamethasone? This is usually a 10 day course. Six milligrams, that was the sample dose. Does he get that? If so, this could be why he doesn't have a fever. That could be why he feels as good as he is. That kills the inflammation, which is good. The problem is, the underlying infection isn't treated, Jake. So if the steroids stop, could virus replication start again in earnest? That's the worry. Therefore, he should be in a hospital and monitored for it. "
It is "really, really worrying" that the White House has not yet announced the date of Trump's most recent negative test, Gupta said. He may have contracted the virus at a meeting in the rose garden on September 26 and participated in several events over the following days. In that case, dozens of people Trump has interacted with would need to be notified.
"I think if there was someone else in the country, information would be disclosed," said Gupta. "This is the basic bread of contact tracing."
"It's important to him," said the doctor. “But it also makes a difference to all of the other people he's come into contact with. We have calculated five states. Multiple trips. And dozens, if not hundreds, of people he has come into contact with. "
More than two dozen people in Trump's orbit have also tested positive for the coronavirus, including his spokesman Kayleigh McEnany, advisor Stephen Miller and campaign manager Bill Stepien.
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