President Trump’s doctor said Trump is not currently on oxygen, but would not say whether he ever received oxygen since his COVID-19 diagnosis.


One potential downside to being the President of the United States — too much care. 

Presidents have always received VIP medicine, but “excessive care isn’t necessarily good quality care,” said Dr. J. Randall Curtis, a professor of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

The concern is that having too much focus and too many people involved could result in over-treatment as President Donald Trump receives carefor COVID-19 at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.

At a news conference Saturday, officials said Trump’s medical team included three pulmonary critical care specialists, two infectious disease doctors, an anesthesiologist, an Army nurse, four Navy nurses, a clinical pharmacist and the director of the medical center’s executive medicine program. That’s in addition to the president’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley. 

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Conley said Saturday he was using a “multi-prong” approach to treat Trump.

“He is receiving all of the standard of care and beyond for routine, international COVID protocols,” Conley said. “He’s the President. I didn’t want to hold anything back. If there was any possibility that it would add value to his care and expedite his return, I wanted to take it.”

Curtis acknowledged as president of the United States Trump and his medical team would want to have lots of input and options. Even so, other physicians noted overtreatment can be an easy trap to fall into with high-profile patients.

“It is common for people who hold positions of stature to get more aggressive care because there’s pressure to give someone everything imaginable. I would hope his physicians are being very deliberate in the treatment,” said Dr. Russell Buhr, a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

That could explain why the president is receiving relatively aggressive treatment for someone whose physician described him as “doing very well” on Saturday.

“I don’t think we can speculate on the reasons behind the care,” said Buhr.

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