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Trump removes mask promptly after return to White House

What we know now

  • President Trump returned to the White House and posed mask-less for a photo op after recklessly downplaying his illness earlier today.
  • Trump’s physician said the President’s evaluations and “clinical status” supports his return home, even though he is not “entirely out of the woods yet.”
  • Over the course of Trump’s illness, he experienced “two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation” and was given a steroid, his doctors said.
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Fauci "strongly suspicious" that experimental antibody treatment helped Trump fight Covid-19

President Donald Trump received the experimental Regeneron antibody therapy on Friday – which may have helped him fight off the worst effects of Covid-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.

“It very well could have been that,” Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Monoclonal antibodies are one of the potential coronavirus treatments that scientists are “really quite optimistic about,” Fauci said.

“We’ve had experience with other diseases,” he said. “Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody was one of the two types of antibodies that was very successful with Ebola and the very fact that it was successful in Ebola, another very serious viral infection, had us be cautiously optimistic that monoclonal antibodies, which are a very specific protein, right, that the body makes that you can produce in very large amounts and infuse it into an individual by an IV infusion, has the potential to really be something very, very important in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.”

Regeneron’s coronavirus product is being tested in human trials, but it can be given to patients outside of clinical trials under the Food and Drug Administration’s compassionate use program.

“The President got that as a compassionate use, and whether or not it was that that got him better, I’m strongly suspicious that it was, but obviously you can’t prove that until you do a number of studies that prove that it actually works,” Fauci said.

“It could have been he was naturally going to turn around,” he added. “If you’re asking me my opinion, I think it made a difference.”

Trump was also given several infusions of the antiviral drug remdesivir, as well as the steroid dexamethasone.

Trump could have "a reversal" in his Covid-19 disease progression, Fauci says

President Trump isn’t out of the woods yet, and could experience “a reversal” in his Covid-19 disease progression, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“I’m not involved in his primary care,” Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday night. “But the issue is that he’s still early enough in the disease that it’s no secret that if you look at the clinical course of people sometimes, when you’re five to eight days in, you can have a reversal,” Fauci said. 

“Reversal meaning going in the wrong direction and getting into trouble.”

Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center late Monday afternoon to return to the White House, declaring he felt well.

“It’s unlikely that it will happen, but they need to be heads up for it,” said Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force. “He knows it. The physicians know it. So they’re going to keep an eye out on it. They’re going to try and do that within the confines of the White House as opposed to in the hospital.”

Doctors know coronavirus patients can feel like they are improving, and then worsen.

“You’re not out of it until you’ve gotten several days out and doing well, but he certainly does look very well. I mean you don’t need me to tell you that. You saw the way he came out of the helicopter,” Fauci said.

Trump left Marine One on the White House lawn and climbed the stairs unaided into the White House – an unusual entry – stood, stripped off his mask, saluted and then entered the building.

“He looked like he was in pretty good shape,” Fauci said.