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Trump's situation has improved, however no launch date has been set, the physician says

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White House Doctor Sean Conley briefs on the condition of US President Donald Trump on October 3, 2020 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. – Trump was admitted to hospital on October 2 for a diagnosis of Covid-19.

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President Donald Trump's condition has improved since receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus, Trump's doctor Dr. Sean Conley on Saturday.

"At this point, the team and I are extremely pleased with the progress the president has made. He had a light cough and nasal congestion and fatigue on Thursday. All of this is now resolving and improving," Conley told reporters .

However, he made no commitment to give a fixed date for a possible dismissal of the president.

The briefing also raised new questions about when the President was known to be sick. Conley told reporters on Saturday that the president was given one 48 hours ago, which would have been the Thursday before his positive diagnosis was announced.

Top Trump adviser Hope Hicks, who spends a lot of time with the president, tested positive on Thursday morning. Later that day, Trump flew to New Jersey to attend a fundraiser at his Bedminster Golf Club.

Dr. Sean Dooley, pulmonologist at Walter Reed, said the president doesn't use supplemental oxygen and has no breathing difficulties. Doctors would not comment on whether Trump had even received oxygen.

"He's in an exceptionally good mood and when we were doing our multidisciplinary laps this morning the quote he left us was:" I feel like I could get out of here today. "And that was a very encouraging comment from the President, "said Dooley.

Trump's coronavirus diagnosis was announced just before 1 a.m. ET on Friday. Conley later said in a statement that Trump had received a single dose of 8 grams of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail, which the Food and Drug Administration had not given emergency approval.

"Remdesivir works a little differently than the antibodies. We are maximizing all aspects of its maintenance and attacking this cross-virus approach," said Conley. "As president, I didn't want to hold anything back. If there was a way that this could add value to his care and speed his return, I would accept it."

He also said Trump had a fever "Thursday through Friday" but hasn't had a fever since Friday morning. Conley would not disclose how high Trump's fever had reached.

Dr. Brian Garibaldi, part of the medical team that cares for Trump at Walter Reed, said Trump received his first dose of remdesivir on Friday night. Trump will continue a five-day treatment course for the drug, he said.

"The big plan for today, now that he's in such a good mood and doing well, is to encourage him to eat, drink, stay hydrated, get up and work, and do the things he needs to do to get good, "said Garibaldi.

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