President Trump’s White House physician issued a memo on Wednesday, which in part suggested that President Trump may be immune to the Chinese virus.
“Of note today, the President’s labs demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies from labs drawn Monday, October 5th; initial IgG levels drawn late Thursday night were undetectable,” Dr. Sean P. Conley wrote.
The presence of antibodies means Trump’s immune system has been fighting the virus, although more tests would be needed to determine if the president remains infectious.
“He’s now been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization,” Conley added.
A physical exam of the president showed that his vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory rate, are stable and within a normal range, he noted.
Conley also said in the memo that Trump told him this morning that he “feel[s] great!”
According to The Epoch Times, former lab director of the viral disease branch of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Sean Lin, said the antibodies were a very good sign for the president’s recovery.
“Having IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2 is a good sign that his body is able to mount effective immune response against the virus. It is not clear yet whether those antibodies detected are neutralizing antibodies or not. Meanwhile, the antibody titer is not revealed to the public. So, it is not clear whether the protection level is strong enough. But overall, it is a good sign towards recovery,” said Lin.
Although the president faced some sudden and early challenges with the virus, he has managed to mostly overcome it as his he continues to show further impressive signs of improvement.
Conley said over the weekend that the president had received an antibody cocktail, as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin, along with his five-day course of Remdesivir.
Ahead of Trump’s discharge from Walter Reed on Monday, Conley told reporters that the president has continued to improve and has “met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria.”
“He’s back,” Conley added.
On Wednesday, President Trump made a full comeback, returning to the esteemed Oval office for the first time since his departure for Walter Reed.
The president announced on Twitter that he was being briefed on Hurricane Delta, and spoke to the governors of Texas and Louisiana. A White House official also reportedly stated that Trump’s Wednesday briefing included updated on negotiations for a potential economic stimulus package. following the president’s challenge issued to Nancy Pelosi after calling her out for not negotiating in good faith.
White House Chief Of Staff Mark Meadows revealed a number of safety protocols to ensure that the president’s return is safe for all parties involved, “We’ve got a number of safety protocols with full [personal protective equipment]—masks, goggles and the like—for any direct interaction with the president in those areas,” Meadows said, noting also the presence of social distancing protocols and “testing on a daily basis.”
“We continue to have a number of areas where we have disinfectants for hard surfaces and the like, but the president continues to work. He’s in very good health, we’re pleased with his progress,” he added.
Meadows said the White House is carrying out contact tracing procedures, and that the findings do not support the claim that all the cases of infections among members of the administration link back to a Sept. 26 event in the Rose Garden, where Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his pick for the Supreme Court.