Trump, carrying the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, returns to the White House
- US president Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Monday night, three days after he was admitted following news he tested positive for Covid-19.
- He will be treated in the White House medical unit.
- Multiple people in Trump's inner circle have tested positive for Covid-19, including First Lady Melania Trump.
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US president Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday night, after spending three days there to receive Covid-19 treatment.
President Trump just walked out of Walter Reed. He said "thank you" but he didn't answer any questions.
A reporter could be heard shouting questions including: How many of your staff are sick? Do you think you might be a super spreader, Mr. President?
Remarkable. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 5, 2020
As he was leaving a reporter shouted: "How many of your staff are sick? Do you think you might be a super spreader, Mr. President?"
Trump replied with "Thank you, very much."
Doctors earlier today said Trump's condition had improved after several therapeutic Covid-19 treatments. He was diagnosed with the illness late last week. Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician said Trump was healthy enough to leave the facility but "may not entirely be out of the woods yet."
Conley said Trump would be taken to the White House medical unit, "where he'll be surrounded by world-class medical care, 24/7."
The president has been fever-free for more than 72 hours and his oxygen levels are normal, Conley, said on Monday.
"Over the past 24 hours, the president has continued to improve," Conley told reporters. "He's met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria."
Trump will return to the White House medical unit, where he'll continue his care.
Before he left Walter Reed, doctors planned to administer a fourth dose of remdesivir, the FDA-authorized antiviral treatment Trump has been taking since Friday. The drug is typically given to hospitalised patients with a severe infection who require ventilators or ICU admission.
Conley he noted that Trump's physicians were still "on guard," since Trump hasn't reached the seven- to 10-day window when severe coronavirus cases typically take a turn for the worse. They're not yet sure what the effects will be of giving Trump experimental drugs relatively early in the course of his infection.
"If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief," Conley said, referring to next Monday, October 12.
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