President Trump "has not been on any fever-reducing medications for over 72 hours," White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said during a news briefing at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday.
Yet Trump has been administered the corticosteroid dexamethasone as part of his treatment regimen for Covid-19. Dexamethasone, which lowers inflammation, can mask a fever.
"Dr. Conley just said that POTUS has not been on fever-reducing medications for 72 hours. That is wrong," CNN medical analyst Dr. Céline Gounder tweeted on Monday. "Dexamethasone is a fever-reducing medication."
Trump’s doctors have been stressing that the President has not had a fever since Saturday.
Being fever-free is one sign that a patient is recovering from a Covid-19 infection. Conley said Trump had a “high fever” on Friday morning.