Three days after being airlifted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center due to the severity of his COVID-19 infection, President Donald Trump announced he would be leaving the hospital and urged people not to fear the virus that has already killed more than 200,000 Americans. .
“I will be leaving the large Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m.,” Trump tweeted Monday afternoon. “I feel really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let him rule your life. We have developed very good medicine and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago! “
The president’s announcement surprisingly plays down the deadly virus, which appears to have spread like wildfire during its own event at the White House’s Rose Garden last Saturday.
Details of Trump’s stay at Walter Reed have been difficult to pin down, but his high fever and alarming oxygen levels prompted doctors to send him to the facility last Friday. According to his doctor, Sean Conley, he needed extra oxygen before arriving on Friday afternoon. While at the facility, he received a variety of therapies: an experimental combination of two monoclonal antibodies, remdesivir, and, on Saturday, the steroid dexamethasone.
Doctors who are not working directly on Trump’s case said the drug combination suggested an onset of COVID much more severe than what the White House acknowledged. Indeed, Conley has been cautious but optimistic about the details of Trump’s trajectory, even acknowledging on Saturday that he initially attempted to provide an upbeat synopsis in order to make the president feel better.
Monday’s tweet before an expected Trump health briefing, Conley’s third since Trump was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday afternoon, was the latest White House example. “Look over there!” approach to educate the public about the president’s health. On Sunday, Conley admitted to reporters that he obscured the fact that Trump had received supplemental oxygen on at least two occasions in the past four days in order to present an “optimistic attitude” about the president’s condition. , and raised the possibility that Trump could be released as early as Monday, although he indicated that Trump’s blood oxygen levels had fallen below the demarcation point for a severe case of COVID-19, and that ‘he had been prescribed a steroid that the World Health Organization recommends only for “severe and” critical “.
At the time, Conley sidestepped questions of whether Trump’s blood oxygen levels had already dropped below 90%, as well as the specific results of the lung scans, telling reporters there was ” expected results, but nothing clinically serious ”. Conley ignored follow-up questions asking what exactly these expected results were.
Trump, who has spent months downplaying the pandemic in hopes of bringing Americans back to normalcy, has campaigned for a similar return to everyday life for himself in recent days. The White House itself has also released photos allegedly showing Trump at work – signing papers and apparently on work-related phone calls. On Sunday evening, Trump’s demands to be fired from Walter Reed reportedly became so categorical that his medical team allowed him to get into the back of a tightly sealed Secret Service SUV – in violation of the CDC’s own guidelines concerning the transport of COVID-19, patients being reserved for “medically essential” travel.
The decision to do so was widely seen as reckless – putting members of the president’s security service at risk and likely forcing those officials to quarantine – although Trump defended the decision in a tweet on Monday afternoon, claiming “media” would have dealt with him of “rude” if he had not been part of the ride.
“It is reported that the media are upset because I got into a secure vehicle to say thank you to the many fans and supporters who stood outside the hospital for many hours, if not days, to pay their respects to their president.” tweeted from Walter Reed’s presidential suite. “If I didn’t, the media would say RUDE !!!”
It is unclear what precautions the White House itself is currently taking for Trump’s return, but health protocols require a patient in his condition to remain isolated.
The president reportedly began to experience symptoms related to COVID late last week and, according to the White House, received his first positive test after attending a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday night. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released advice stating that “people with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no more than 10 days after symptoms appear.” Trump, however, appears to be in a higher risk category. According to the CDC, “People with more severe to critical illness or severe immunodeficiency likely remain infectious no later than 20 days after the onset of symptoms.”
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