The Daily Telegraph

Don’t be afraid of Covid, says Trump

Pres­i­dent dis­misses con­cern for his health as he heads home af­ter three days in hos­pi­tal

- By Ben Riley-smith Us editor U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Health Conditions · Infectious Diseases · Donald Trump · White House · Walter Reed · Maryland · Washington · Sean Conley · Union · United States of America · Virginia · Liberty

DON­ALD TRUMP told Amer­i­cans not to be afraid of coro­n­avirus as he left hos­pi­tal and re­turned to the White House last night.

Out­side the Wal­ter Reed Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Mary­land, at 6.30pm lo­cal time, wear­ing a blue sur­gi­cal mask, the pres­i­dent gave a thumbs-up to as­sem­bled pho­tog­ra­phers, only four days af­ter he tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

Shortly be­fore be­ing dis­charged, Mr Trump had tweeted: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dom­i­nate your life. We have de­vel­oped, un­der the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion, some re­ally great drugs & knowl­edge. I feel bet­ter than I did 20 years ago!”

The pres­i­dent added that he would be “back on the cam­paign trail soon”.

The re­marks fol­lowed wide­spread US me­dia re­ports that Mr Trump had been push­ing his doc­tors to re­lease him from hos­pi­tal with the elec­tion less than a month away and spec­u­la­tion about his health dom­i­nat­ing tele­vi­sion news.

The tweet, in par­tic­u­lar his call for Amer­i­cans not to fear the virus, also in­di­cated that Mr Trump ap­pears ready to dou­ble down on his ap­proach to the pan­demic, which has been to push for re­open­ings to kick­start the econ­omy.

How­ever, ques­tions were raised about the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­leas­ing the pres­i­dent from his hos­pi­tal in Washington DC when he was still suf­fer­ing from the virus and tak­ing a num­ber of ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments.

It also re­mains un­clear ex­actly how Mr Trump would be op­er­at­ing out of the White House safely, given the scale of the out­break there. Yes­ter­day Kayleigh Mce­nany, Mr Trump’s press sec­re­tary, and two other press of­fi­cials be­came the lat­est aides to test pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

Dr Sean Con­ley, the pres­i­dent’s physi­cian, and a team of other doc­tors, took to the steps of the Wal­ter Reed Med­i­cal Cen­ter to brief the press on the de­ci­sion mo­ments af­ter Mr Trump tweeted it out. They said that the pres­i­dent had been fever-free for 72 hours, was not com­plain­ing about short­ness of breath and his kid­neys and liver were func­tion­ing as nor­mal. Dr Con­ley said Mr Trump had met “all stan­dard dis­charge cri­te­ria” and in­sisted the de­ci­sion was safe.

How­ever, he said that Mr Trump would “not en­tirely be out of the woods” for some time and would have to be mon­i­tored care­fully un­til the start of next week. The doc­tors would also not say when it would be safe for Mr Trump to start cam­paign­ing again.

Dr Con­ley also dis­closed in­for­ma­tion that cast light on the po­ten­tial se­ri­ous­ness of Mr Trump’s ill­ness. He said that the 74-year- old pres­i­dent had been given oxy­gen on Satur­day as well as Fri­day when his oxy­gen lev­els dropped, and said that he re­mained on dex­am­etha­sone, a steroids treat­ment that is gen­er­ally ad­vised to be taken by pa­tients with se­ri­ous cases of Covid-19.

Mr Trump was ex­pected to take a fourth dose of Remde­sivir, an ex­per­i­men­tal drug, later last night and a fifth dose is planned to be ad­min­is­tered to­day in the White House.

Dr Con­ley also de­clined to re­veal the de­tails of tests on the pres­i­dent’s lungs. Asked if any signs of pneu­mo­nia had been ap­par­ent, Dr Con­ley said he was “not at lib­erty to dis­cuss” that topic – but did project an up­beat as­sess­ment of the state of Mr Trump’s ill­ness, say­ing: “He’s back.”

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 ??  ?? Walk­ing out of the hos­pi­tal shortly af­ter 6.30pm lo­cal time, Don­ald Trump, wear­ing a blue sur­gi­cal mask, pumps his fist be­fore giv­ing the thumbs-up to wait­ing pho­tog­ra­phers
Walk­ing out of the hos­pi­tal shortly af­ter 6.30pm lo­cal time, Don­ald Trump, wear­ing a blue sur­gi­cal mask, pumps his fist be­fore giv­ing the thumbs-up to wait­ing pho­tog­ra­phers

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