The doctor reported that the president has “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.”
In addition, Trump’s labs “demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies from labs drawn Monday,” Conley wrote, adding that “initial IgG levels drawn late Thursday night were undetectable.”
Conley’s memo referred to the long-lasting antibodies the human body produces to combat the coronavirus, not the cloned antibodies Trump received in the form of a drug treatment.
The body normally develops long-lasting Covid-19 antibodies several days to a few weeks after infection. Their presence in Trump’s system signals that he is mounting an immune response against Covid-19 — likely with help from the drugs he was given during treatment, to some degree.
On Wednesday afternoon, Trump left the White House residence for the Oval Office for the first time since he returned home from the hospital.
A White House spokesman, Brian Morgenstern, said the president was being briefed on a brewing hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and the status of stimulus talks that the president had called off a day prior.
It‘s not clear what precautions were being taken to protect others in the West Wing from the still-convalescing president.
The president, who since his diagnosis has repeatedly posted to his social media feeds about carrying on with his work while sick, tweeted later that he‘d spoken to his British counterpart, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized with coronavirus himself earlier his year.
“Very thankful for his friendship and support as I recovered from the China Virus,“ Trump wrote, using a racially insensitive moniker to refer to the virus. “I am looking forward to working with him for many years to come, a great guy!“
He later posted a five-minute video message saying again how good he felt, and pledging to push his administration to make the drug cocktail he received while in the hospital more widely available and free to most patients.
“I feel perfect. So I think this was the blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it,“ Trump said in the video, portraying himself as a pioneering test subject for the drugs he received.
Though the president, who left the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, said he had been released from the hospital “a day ago,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows later said that the video was shot on Wednesday.
Trump has so far received two rounds of oxygen therapy, two experimental drugs — including one that is not available to the broader patient population — and one steroid generally reserved for severe or critical Covid-19 cases.
Trump‘s election opponent, Joe Biden, was asked about Trump’s assertion that his diagnosis was was a “blessing in disguise,“ and responded to reporters in Delaware on Wednesday evening that “it‘s a tragedy the president deals with Covid like it is something not to be worried about when already 210,000 people have died.”
The president left Walter Reed on Monday evening after being admitted last Friday, and aides say he has worked from the Executive Residence since returning to the White House.
Conley’s latest memo comes after he transmitted a less substantive appraisal of Trump’s condition Tuesday afternoon, writing that the president “reports no symptoms” and “continues to do extremely well.”
Neither the Tuesday nor Wednesday memo offered any details about the state of Trump’s lungs after being battered by an acute respiratory disease, and the White House also has refused to provide a definitive timeline of the president’s Covid-19 tests in the days before his diagnosis.
Caitlin Oprysko contributed to this report.