President Trump “looks fine” but he’s only in the early stages of recovery from COVID-19 — and his health could still take a turn for the worse, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned this week.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed out Monday evening that some coronavirus patients experience a “reversal,” after they start to feel better.
“He looks fine as you can see the way he looked when he came out of the hospital,” Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“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. A reversal meaning going in the wrong direction and getting into trouble.
Fauci added, “It’s unlikely that it will happen, but there need to be heads up for it.”
The country’s top infectious disease expert said that he’ll await testing results to see what sort of role an experimental antibody drug administered to Trump played in helping fight the illness.
“I think the monoclonal antibody made a difference and it is in clinical trial now to try to prove definitively if it works,” Fauci said.
Trump returned Monday evening to the White House, where he will continue his treatment after spending three days at Walter Reed National Medical Center.