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Alarming condition or unjustified panic? steroid treatment for severe symptoms given to Trump

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President Trump is being treated with a steroid called dexamethasone, given to patients with severe cases of COVID-19. Although shown to be helpful, medical experts warn that the said steroid should not be used in the early stages of the illness. 

The medical team’s announcement in charge of treating Donald Trump that the President is being given with Dexamethasone has increased speculation about his illness’s severity. Furthermore, it puts many questions to the somewhat positive description of the President’s condition stated by his physicians. One of his doctors said the President has “continued to improve” and could return to the White House as soon as Monday. 

 How bad exactly is the President’s condition? 

White House physician Sean Conley announced on Friday morning that “the President had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94%.” He added that he had been given oxygen after Donald Trump’s blood oxygen level dipped. “And after about a minute on only two liters, his saturation levels were back over 95%. He stayed on that for about an hour maybe, and was off and gone,” Conley said. On Saturday, Trump’s oxygen levels again dipped below 93%. This particular drop prompted the decision to start the steroid therapy, hoping that “the potential benefits early on in the course” outweighed any downsides. 

Despite the comments from White House medical experts, the steroid treatment administered to Trump is an indication that his condition is worrying, as the drug should not be given to anyone who is still in the early stages of the disease to justify its drawbacks. One known downside of taking Dexamethasone is that it suppresses the immune system of patients. The National Institutes of Health’s treatment guidelines for Covid-19 say Dexamethasone should only be used for hospitalized patients who are on ventilators or who require supplemental oxygen, and specifically “recommends against using dexamethasone for the treatment of Covid-19 in patients who do not require supplemental oxygen.” 

Chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said the use of Dexamethasone had some “scratching our heads.” She noted that the video posted on Saturday of Trump at Walter Reed medical center didn’t seem to show President Trump having shortness of breath. 

“Generally, you start the dexamethasone when you’re starting to worry that they’re heading down the wrong path,” Walenksy said. “It’s unclear to me why they would have given him that if he did not require supplemental oxygen.”

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