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What we know, and what we don't, about President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis. Here's the latest.
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What we know, and what we don't, about President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis. Here's the latest.

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Some answers emerged Saturday on President Donald Trump’s condition as he battles the coronavirus, but Trump’s medical team withheld some key information in their first full, televised update.

Here's what we know and what we don't know, plus a roundup of other developments:

WHAT WE KNOW

Trump received supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a person familiar with the president's condition said Saturday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Trump's medical team gave its first news conference since he fell ill. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley said Trump had been fever-free for 24 hours. Conley said that Trump’s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, “are now resolving and improving.”

Trump has now been treated with two experimental drugs, given through an IV, that have shown some promise against COVID-19, doctors disclosed.

On Friday, he was given a single dose of a drug that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. is testing to supply antibodies to help his immune system fight the virus. Friday night, he began a five-day course of remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used for moderately and severely ill patients.

Conley, in his briefing, revealed that Trump began exhibiting “clinical indications” of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, earlier than previously known.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said some of Trump’s vital signs Friday were “very concerning” and added that the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW

Conley sidestepped repeated questions about whether the president had needed supplemental oxygen at any point. He said Trump’s blood oxygen level is 96%, which is in the normal range.

And asked for the president's vital signs, Conley failed to provide any of Trump's temperature readings. That could indicate how serious the president's condition was, a measurement the public didn't get as Trump spent his first full day at Walter Reed.

The questions that were dodged in official accounts raise questions whether the White House and his medical team were providing a full and factual account of the president’s health.

Of presidents and health, history replete with secrecy, lies

Throughout American history, an uncomfortable truth has been evident: Presidents have lied about their health.

In some cases, the issues were minor, in others quite grave. And sometimes it took decades for the public to learn the truth.

Now Trump has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease. The White House initially said he had “mild symptoms." By Friday evening, he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After a rosy press conference by the president's medical team, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Saturday that Trump had gone through a “very concerning” period Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical in terms of his care.

Pandemics have cursed the presidencies of both Trump and Woodrow Wilson. Each played down the viruses that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Both presidents got sick — and each had to decide how much to tell the public.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

  • Joe Biden’s campaign announced it would publicly release every coronavirus test result for the former vice president. The Democratic presidential nominee will be tested again Sunday after testing negative on Friday.
  • President Trump’s startling COVID-19 diagnosis serves as a cruel reminder of the pervasive spread of the coronavirus and shows how tenuous of a grip the nation has on the crisis, health experts said.
  • Republicans on Saturday sought to call off legislative work in the Senate until Oct. 19 as the coronavirus reached into their ranks. But they vowed that hearings for Trump's Supreme Court nominee would push ahead as planned even as lawmakers increasingly demanded testing for everyone on Capitol Hill.
  • With President Donald Trump in the hospital, his campaign is launching an effort it’s calling “Operation MAGA” to maintain momentum. The operation entails “a full marshalling of top-level surrogates, campaign coalitions and Trump supporters” to carry the campaign until Trump can return to the trail, according to a campaign statement. Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s family will be prime players in the effort, which will feature a series of online events leading up to Wednesday's vice presidential debate before moving to in-person events.
  • Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about the timing of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether additional senators may have been exposed.
  • The closing days of the presidential campaign were already dominated by the worst public health crisis in a century, millions of jobless Americans, a reckoning on civil rights, the death of a Supreme Court justice and uncertainty about Trump's willingness to accept the election outcome.
  • Presidential aide and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has tweeted that he's tested positive for COVID-19. Christie had said the last time he was with President Donald Trump was Tuesday during preparations for the first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson’s office announced the diagnosis in a statement Saturday. He’s the third Republican senator to report a positive test this week, following Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis.
  • Outside the political world, the positive test results keep coming for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL’s first outbreak of COVID-19, and they're not alone anymore with the league postponing Sunday's New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game due to positive tests on both teams.

Photos: A look at Trump's busy week leading up to positive coronavirus test

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