WASHINGTON – The White House doctor said Saturday night that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus, a diagnosis that came as the president prepared to resume campaign rallies and other activities.
In a memo released by the White House, Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump met the criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for safely interrupting isolation and that under “currently recognized standards” it was no longer considered a transmission risk.
The memo does not state that Trump had tested negative for the virus. But sensitive laboratory tests, such as the PCR test, detect the virus in swab samples taken from the nose and throat.
Dr. William Morice, who oversees laboratories at the Mayo Clinic, said earlier this week that with PCR testing, the president’s medical team could hypothetically measure and track the amount of virus in samples over time. and watch your viral load drop.
Some medical experts had been skeptical that Trump could be declared free of the risk of transmitting the virus so early in the course of his illness. Just 10 days after the initial infection diagnosis, there was no way to know for sure that someone was no longer contagious, they said.
The memo was released after Trump’s first public appearance since he returned to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon on the South Lawn for Trump’s speech on his support for law enforcement from a White House balcony.
The president returned to the White House fighting COVID-19, but at the same time wanting to show the world that he is healthy.
Trump removed his mask moments after stepping onto the balcony to address the crowd on the grass below, his first step back on the public stage with just over three weeks to go on Election Day. He scoffed again at his own government’s safety recommendations within days of acknowledging that he was on the brink of the “bad things” from the virus and claiming that his attack on the disease allowed him to better understand it.
His return was brief. With visible bandages on his hands, likely from an IV injection, Trump spoke for 18 minutes, much less than at his normal rallies of more than an hour. He looked healthy, if perhaps a little hoarse, when he delivered what was, for all intents and purposes, a short version of his campaign speech despite the executive mansion setting.
Though advertised as an official event, Trump did not offer policy proposals and instead launched the usual attacks on Democrat Joe Biden while praising police before a crowd of several hundred, most of whom wore masks, while few they adhered to social distancing guidelines.
President Donald Trump’s doctors admitted that the president received supplemental oxygen at least once on Friday.
“I feel great,” said Trump, who said he was grateful for the good wishes and prayers as he recovered. He then declared that the pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans, was “disappearing” even though he is still recovering from the virus.
In an act of defiance or simply to tempt fate, officials organized the crowd just steps from the Rose Garden, where exactly two weeks ago the President held another grand gathering to formally announce his nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. . That event is now seen as a potential COVID-19 super-spreader, as more than two dozen people present contracted the virus.
Trump had hoped to hold campaign rallies this weekend, but settled for the White House event. But even though his health remained unclear, he planned to increase his travels with a rally in Florida on Monday, followed by trips to Pennsylvania and Iowa in the following days. It was unclear whether Trump posed a risk to those he would fly with on Air Force One or meet at the staging sites.
“And now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know …”, said the president.
Before the speech, White House officials said they had no information to release whether the president had been screened for COVID-19, meaning he made his first public appearance without the White House verifying that he is no longer contagious.
As questions about his health persist, and Democratic opponent Joe Biden steps up his own campaign, Trump has more often called on radio and television shows to speak with conservative interviewers, hoping to make up for lost time with just over three. weeks until Election Day millions are already voting.
Biden’s campaign said it again tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday. Biden was potentially exposed to the coronavirus during his Sept. 29 debate with Trump, who announced his positive diagnosis just 48 hours after the debate.