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Trump's doctor walks backs comments on timing of President's Covid-19 diagnosis and treatment

October 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Doctors treating President Donald Trump for Covid-19 created confusion on Saturday with remarks during a briefing that appeared to shift the timeline of Trump's positive coronavirus test and treatment. Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, released a statement afterward to try to clarify the comments.

(CNN)Doctors treating President Donald Trump for Covid-19 created confusion on Saturday with remarks during a briefing that appeared to shift the timeline of Trump's positive coronavirus test and treatment.

Trump posted on Twitter around 1 a. m. Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, and the White House announced Friday afternoon he had been treated with Regeneron's experimental antibody therapy.

But during a briefing just before noon on Saturday, Conley said that Trump was "just 72 hours into the diagnosis now," which would have put his diagnosis at midday Wednesday.

Another physician, Dr. Brian Garibaldi, said Trump was treated with an experimental antibody therapy "about 48 hours ago," which would have been midday Thursday.

A positive Covid-19 test midday Wednesday and use of an experimental treatment midday Thursday would move up significantly the timeline of Trump's illness.

Despite saying Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, Conley also said during Saturday's briefing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that Trump tested positive for coronavirus late Thursday night.

Conley would not say when Trump's last negative Covid-19 test took place.

When asked about the 72-hour remark, Conley said, "So Thursday afternoon following the news of a close contact is when we repeated testing.

During the same Saturday briefing, Garibaldi, one of the team of doctors treating Trump at the Walter Reed, told reporters Trump was treated with an experimental antibody therapy "about 48 hours ago," which would have been midday Thursday.

"About 48 hours ago, the President received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus," Garibaldi said just before noon on Saturday.

Conley had said in a memo released Friday afternoon, "Following PCR-confirmation of the President's diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail. " The memo did not specify when the PCR confirmation took place.

Regeneron has confirmed it provided a single 8-gram dose of its antibody therapy to be used by Trump, but did not specify when it received the request.

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