US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had been tested positive for the corona virus. Since that news, the situation surrounding Trump has changed rapidly and reporting on that situation sometimes seems contradictory. How have the past days gone?
Top advisor tests positive, Trump follows shortly after
On Friday morning (Dutch time), President Donald Trump announced that his top advisor Hope Hicks has been tested positive for the corona virus. Hicks often travels on the presidential plane and is thus often around Trump and other people close to him.
Initially, Trump says in an interview with Fox News that he does not yet know whether he will be quarantined, but shortly after that interview he says he will.
Hours after the news about Hicks, it becomes known that both Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive. The White House doctor, Sean Conley, says he is well. Trump could continue to work from his official residence, according to Conley.
It is not yet entirely clear when Trump became infected. It is still possible that he went to a fundraising after he had already tested positive.
Later in the day, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Trump was showing mild symptoms. He is said to have mild cold symptoms. A White House spokesman reports that the president can simply participate in the elections.
Anonymous sources report that Trump has had a fever since Friday morning, but this would fit within the ‘mild symptoms’. The president would also suffer from fatigue.
Late on Friday evening (Dutch time) it is announced that Trump will be taken to the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda as a precaution. Images from American media show that he can walk to the presidential helicopter on his own.
Trump also publishes a video message in which he says that he is doing well.
Trump is treated at Walter Reed with a so-called “cocktail” of one or more antibodies from a laboratory. This cocktail is still experimental and research is in phase three, testing the safety of the drug on larger groups of people.
In addition to the antibody cocktail, Trump also gets several supplements of zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin.