Senin, 05 Oktober 2020

Donald Trump to leave Walter Reed Medical Center today, the US President tweets - ABC News

Donald Trump says he will leave the Walter Reed Medical Center on Tuesday morning at 9.30am (AEDT) and is "feeling really good" after being treated there for COVID-19.

The US President has spent three nights at the hospital.

"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good," Mr Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon, Washington DC time.

"Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"


Mr Trump, 74, was taken to the hospital on Friday night (local time) after he announced via Twitter that he and first lady Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Mr Trump was running a high fever and was given supplemental oxygen after his blood oxygen levels dropped on Friday, according to his White House physician, Dr Sean Conley.

Dr Conley said on Tuesday morning that Mr Trump was "not out of the woods yet" but indicated that the majority of his vital signs were good and that he "currently does not have any respiratory complaints."

Dr Conley also said that the President has not had a fever in more than 72 hours.

Doctors have been treating him with a steroid, dexamethasone, that is normally used only in the most severe cases.

Dr Conley was asked about the President's motorcade appearance which drew angry reactions from some who feared Secret Service agents in the car with Mr Trump would have been exposed to COVID-19, but said they were wearing PPE.

"The President has been surrounded by medical and security staff for days wearing full PPE," he said.

"Yesterday, the US Secret Service agents were in that same level of PPE for a very short period of time.

"We've worked with our infectious disease experts to make some recommendations for how to keep everything safe down at the White House for the President and those around him."

Upon his return to the White House it remains unclear how long Mr Trump will remain in isolation for.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those with mild to moderate symptoms can be contagious for as many as 10 days and should isolate for that period.

So far, over 209,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University and over 7.4 million have been infected.

More to come.

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2020-10-05 18:45:00Z

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