US President Donald Trump returned to the White House local time on Monday evening, where he immediately took off his mouth mask. Earlier on Monday, the 74-year-old president, who had been in the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda since Friday after testing positive for the corona virus, said he felt “very good” via Twitter. According to doctors, he has not yet fully recovered and can still spread the corona virus.
Trump not completely out of harm’s way
Trump, wearing a face mask, walked out of the hospital toward a car that drove him to the Marine One presidential helicopter. Before getting into the car, he gave a thumbs up to the bystanders. Once arrived at the White House, Trump immediately took off his face mask.
Trump is still contagious to his environment, President Sean Conley’s personal physician said earlier on Monday. According to the guidelines of the CDC (the American RIVM) a corona patient is no longer contagious ten days after the first symptoms, or 24 hours after the fever has disappeared without taking a fever reducer. On Friday, only three days ago, Trump was diagnosed with corona. And he’s in the middle of a course of dexamethasone, a fever suppressant.
Meanwhile, the number of White House employees infected with the corona virus is increasing. On Monday, it was announced that spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive, as have two of her employees. Previously, adviser Hope Hicks and former adviser Kellyanne Conway were also found to be infected, as was Trump’s personal assistant. First lady Melania Trump has also tested positive for COVID-19.
Although the president has not yet fully recovered, doctors say he meets all the criteria to be allowed to leave the hospital.
According to Conley, Trump’s situation has improved to the point that it was safe to leave the hospital. For example, the president has not had a fever for 72 hours and the oxygen levels in his blood are normal. Conley also said that Trump is not completely out of harm’s way, but that he will also receive ongoing medical care in the White House.
Before Trump returns to the White House on Monday evening, he will receive another dose of remdesevir. He will receive his fifth and provisionally last dose on Tuesday afternoon. For the time being, the president will still be administered the steroid dexamethasone, which should maintain the oxygen levels in his blood.
Conley says the doctors were in “unexplored territory” because Trump was administered drugs that are normally administered later in the clinical picture. For example, the anti-inflammatory dexamethasone is usually only used in severe cases of COVID-19.
The doctors declined to answer press inquiries about how the virus affected Trump’s lungs and when Trump was last tested negative for the virus.
In a video message on Twitter recorded shortly after Trump returned to the White House, he reiterated his earlier message not to let the virus control you or fear it. “We can beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best drugs, and a vaccine is coming soon.”
A previous video of Trump with the same message, hospitalized, has since been removed by Twitter for allegedly violating the rules of the social media platform.