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Media signatureTrump Doctor on the President’s State: “He’s Back”
US President Donald Trump says he will be released from hospital later on Monday, four days after being admitted to Covid-19.
Just ahead of a scheduled meeting by his doctors, Mr Trump tweeted that he would be leaving at 6:30 p.m. (10:30 PM GMT), adding that he was “feeling really good”.
However, after a weekend of conflicting statements, questions remain about the severity of Mr Trump’s illness.
The true extent of the White House outbreak remains unclear.
“I feel really good!” Mr Trump tweeted.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We developed some really great drugs and knowledge under the Trump Administration. I feel better than 20 years ago !!”
There are more than 7.4 million Covid-19 cases in the U.S., and the virus has killed nearly 210,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the president’s doctors avoided details of his care but said he was fine and that he would be given another dose of remdesivir before he was released.
The president’s dismissal comes as more new cases were reported among White House staff.
At least 12 people close to Mr Trump have now tested positive, as have several junior employees.
Many of the people who tested positive for President Trump attended a meeting at the White House on September 26th that is being considered as a possible “super-spreader event”.
The White House has not disclosed how many employees have tested positive since Trump’s own diagnosis.
What did Trump’s doctors say?
Dr. White House Doctor Sean Conley said Mr. Trump “may not be completely out of the woods” but the medical team agreed with the president’s status and progress “support his safe return home, where the world surrounds him will be “24/7” class medical care.
He refused to answer questions about when Mr Trump was last given a negative test or go into the details of his treatment. He would not provide details on the President’s scans to check for pneumonia citing patient protection laws.
Dr. Conley confirmed that Mr. Trump is still taking the steroid dexamethasone and has received three doses of remdesivir. He will be given another and a fifth in the White House before his release.
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When asked if Mr Trump could safely travel for campaign events, Dr. Conley: “We’ll see.”
He also reiterated that he was concerned about his own exposure to the virus while on Air Force One.
However, Mr Trump’s medical team repeatedly stressed how well the president was doing in Monday’s briefing.
“We remain cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Conley, adding that Mr. Trump received therapy very early on.
“If we can get through [next] Monday, if it stays the same or improves, even better, then we will all take that last deep sigh of relief. “
Trump is back
Donald Trump is going “home”.
In this case, of course, the home is a secure government building with world-class medical facilities. Still, the decision that the president can return to the White House is welcomed by him and his medical team as an important indicator of his improving condition.
“He’s back,” said White House Doctor Sean Conley during his meeting on Monday afternoon.
Conley and his colleagues shared positive details about the president’s condition – low fever, good blood oxygen levels and “no respiratory disease”. But he again refused to disclose when the president last tested negative for the coronavirus – information that would help determine if Trump had exposed others to the virus.
And when Conley pushed for more details about the president’s condition, such as evidence of long-term lung damage, he cited the patient’s privacy.
However, that patient is the President of the United States, and Americans may want more details about his long-term health and prognosis, especially if they go to the polls in a month’s time, to decide whether to give him another four-year term.
Who else around the president has tested positive?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was the youngest high-profile figure close to the president to confirm a positive test on Monday.
US media said two other members of the press secretary had achieved positive results. Ms. McEnany spoke to unmasked journalists on Sunday but said no press representatives had been listed as close contacts by the White House medical department.
First Lady Melania Trump, senior aides and three Republican senators have also tested positive.
President Trump’s diagnosis changed his campaign when he faced Democratic challenger Joe Biden on November 3.
50-year-old first lady Melania has isolated herself in the White House, reportedly with mild symptoms. In a tweet she said, “I feel good [and] will continue to rest at home “.