Covid: Trump ‘not a transmission threat to others’
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US President Donald Trump is no longer a Covid transmission risk for others, said the White House doctor.
Sean Conley’s memo is the first update on Mr. Trump’s health since Thursday.
There were concerns that he might still be contagious after his three days in hospital. However, the statement did not state whether Mr Trump had tested negative for Covid-19.
In the presidential election on November 3rd, he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden in less than a month.
Polls suggest that Mr Biden is 10 points ahead of Mr Trump, and an ABC News / Ipsos poll found that only 35% of Americans agreed with the way the president has dealt with the coronavirus crisis.
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More than 214,000 Americans are known to have died from Covid-19.
What did Conley say?
The doctor’s memo said the president’s recent tests showed that “there is no longer any evidence of active replication of the virus” and that its viral load is “decreasing”.
In the memo, Dr. Conley, President Trump has received sensitive laboratory tests that determine how much virus is still in his system.
“Tonight I am pleased to report this in addition to the presidential meeting [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] This morning’s Covid-PCR sample is a criterion for safely terminating the isolation and shows that it is no longer viewed as a risk of transmission to others under currently accepted standards, “he said.
Mr Trump first showed symptoms of the coronavirus 10 days ago and was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center a day later, on October 2.
There he was treated with dexamethasone, a steroid drug that is normally only used in people who are seriously or seriously ill with the virus.
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Dr. Conley’s latest update comes after President Trump told a crowd at a White House event that he felt “great”. He also said he was no longer taking any medication for Covid-19.
Saturday’s event was officially a “peaceful protest” but looked like a Trump campaign rally, according to critics.
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Why were there concerns about Trump’s recent event?
The rally brought together several hundred people. Pictures from the event showed that many of them were packed tightly together.
The White House said attendees would have to undergo temperature checks and fill out questionnaires. Face masks were recommended, although not all complied.
While most of the crowd wore masks, there seemed to be little social distancing
Senior Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said it would be “morally bankrupt” if the president holds “another super-spreader rally” in the White House.
At least 11 participants tested positive for coronavirus, including Mr Trump, following an earlier event in the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26. Leading U.S. Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci described it as a “super spreader event”.
The president’s campaign team also said it plans to attend a “major rally” in Florida – a battlefield state in the presidential election – followed by trips to Pennsylvania and Iowa on Monday.
What is Biden doing this weekend?
Mr Trump’s rival in next month’s election, Joe Biden, has fought in Pennsylvania, another major swing state, as well as Delaware. He said his “heart goes out” to all of those families who lost someone they loved to the coronavirus.
Mr Biden has also expressed disbelief over the president’s plans to hold rallies and criticized the Trump administration’s negligent attitude towards mask use as reckless.
“They should be socially distant and wear masks,” he said. “It’s the only responsible thing.”
Mr. Biden fought in the Key Swing State of Pennsylvania
At a campaign rally with trade unions in Pennsylvania, Mr Biden vowed to create millions of well-paying jobs and finance the pandemic by making billionaires and corporations pay more taxes.
Make up for lost time
Analysis by Lebo Diseko, BBC News, Washington
The White House says this wasn’t a campaign event – but it looked and sounded remarkably similar.
Supporters were on the South Lawn shouting, “Four more years! Four more years!” when the president came out to speak.
Black and Latin American voters could play key roles in battlefield states like Michigan and Florida – both were won by tiny percentage points in 2016.
The President seemed much more alike than he had been in the past few days.
This was he who said “I’m back” and restarted a campaign that has effectively stalled since his Covid diagnosis on October 1st.
With the elections only a few weeks away, he wants to make up for the lost time.