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Donald Trump headed to hospital ‘out of caution’ after testing positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump says he and First Girl Melania Trump are in quarantine after aide Hope Hicks examined constructive for COVID-19.


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Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president stated Thursday. By Friday afternoon, he was anticipated to be transported to Walter Reed Army Hospital in a measure of warning. 

“President Trump stays in good spirits, has delicate signs and has been working all through the day,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated in a press release. “Out of an abundance of warning, and on the suggestion of his doctor and medical consultants, the president will probably be working from the presidential workplaces at Walter Reed for the subsequent few days.” 

Trump tweeted the information concerning the check outcomes Thursday night time, saying “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I examined constructive for COVID-19. We are going to start our quarantine and restoration course of instantly.” The primary woman tweeted: “We’re feeling good and I’ve postponed all upcoming engagements.”

Earlier within the night, the president, 74, revealed that he and the primary woman, 50, had entered quarantine after studying that prime White Home aide Hope Hicks had examined constructive for the coronavirus.

White Home doctor Dr. Sean Conley stated in a memorandum late Thursday that the president and first woman had been “each nicely presently, and so they plan to stay at house throughout the White Home throughout their convalescence.”

The physician continued, “Relaxation assured I anticipate the president to proceed finishing up his duties with out disruption whereas recovering, and I’ll maintain you up to date on any additional developments.” 

Earlier this week, the world handed a grim milestone when Johns Hopkins College reported that more than 1 million people had died because of the novel coronavirus. That revelation got here lower than every week after the variety of deaths linked to COVID-19 within the US surpassed 200,000.

Because the virus has unfold internationally, well being care professionals have warned that sure teams of individuals, together with older adults and folks with underlying medical situations, are at a higher risk of growing a critical and even deadly sickness in the event that they’re contaminated with COVID-19.

Learn extra: COVID: When to get tested for the coronavirus and how long it will take to get results

The coronavirus is unfold primarily by means of respiratory vapor, equivalent to when somebody sneezes or coughs into the air round you. Some consultants have additionally urged that the virus can linger in the air and that this may occasionally play a job in transmission.

Well being officers proceed to encourage individuals to wash their hands regularly, put on a masks when out in public, practice social distancing and keep away from shut contact with people who find themselves sick. 

Individuals who’ve been in touch with somebody who’s tested positive for COVID-19 ought to contact their physician or native well being care supplier. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a coronavirus check for the next causes: if you happen to’re experiencing signs of COVID-19, if you happen to’ve had shut contact with somebody — inside 6 ft for at the very least 15 minutes — with a constructive COVID-19 check, or if you happen to’ve been requested by your well being care supplier to get a check.

Learn extra: Coronavirus symptoms: The full list, according to the CDC

Who’s been examined

The announcement of the president’s and first woman’s constructive coronavirus check outcomes got here simply hours after the revelation about Hicks’ outcomes. The president indicated in an earlier tweet Thursday that he and the primary woman had begun the quarantine course of.

Hicks has accompanied Trump on a number of marketing campaign journeys in current days, together with to the presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night and a marketing campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Although the candidates tackled subjects together with race relations, climate change and the Supreme Court docket throughout Tuesday’s face-off, the coronavirus dominated much of the debate. Trump defended his decision to often appear in public without a facial covering, explaining that he wears a masks “when wanted.”

“I feel masks are OK,” Trump stated, when requested by moderator Chris Wallace why he usually seems in public with out carrying one. He pulled out a masks from his swimsuit jacket to indicate he carried it with him.

See additionally: Face masks: Here are the best and worst materials for protecting against coronavirus

“I put a masks on, you recognize, once I assume I want it. Tonight is an instance, all people has had a check,” Trump stated. “I put on a masks when wanted. When wanted, I put on masks.”

On Friday, Biden stated he and his spouse had tested negative for COVID-19. Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and her husband additionally stated they examined detrimental on Friday. 

Vice President Mike Pence and second woman Karen Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, stated Pence’s press secretary, Devin O’Malley.

“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is examined for COVID-19 every single day,” stated O’Malley in a tweet. “This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Girl examined detrimental for COVID-19. Vice President Pence stays in good well being and needs the Trumps nicely of their restoration.”

Learn extra: Coronavirus pandemic 7 months later: Everything we know right now

Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who each function senior White Home advisers, additionally tested negative on Friday, in accordance with White Home spokeswoman Carolina Hurley.

Judd Deere, a White Home spokesperson, stated Trump “takes the well being and security of himself and everybody who works in assist of him and the American individuals very significantly.”

“White Home Operations collaborates with the doctor to the president and the White Home Army Workplace to make sure all plans and procedures incorporate present CDC steerage and finest practices for limiting COVID-19 publicity to the best extent doable each on advanced and when the president is touring,” Deere continued in a statement sent to CNN.

The Trump marketing campaign on Friday stated that beforehand introduced occasions involving the president will probably be modified to digital occasions or quickly postponed. 

The president is taking a drugs cocktail from Regeneron

In an replace Friday at four p.m. ET, Press Secretary McEnany tweeted one other report from the president’s physician revealing Trump received “a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail.” The president has additionally been taking vitamin D, zinc, melatonin, aspirin and famotidine.

“The president stays fatigued however in good spirits,” the White Home doctor stated. “First Girl Melania Trump stays nicely with solely a light cough and headache.”

In line with a Sept. 29 assertion from Tarrytown, New York-based Regeneron, the medication “reduced viral load and the time to alleviate symptoms in non-hospitalized sufferers with COVID-19″ throughout trials.

The REGN-COV2 cocktail — which mixes the 2 monoclonal antibodies of REGN10933 and REGN10987 and was designed particularly to deal with SARS-CoV-2 — can also be being examined for stopping an infection in individuals who have been uncovered to coronavirus sufferers, and in treating hospitalized sufferers.

“The best therapy profit was in sufferers who had not mounted their very own efficient immune response, suggesting that REGN-COV2 might present a therapeutic substitute for the naturally-occurring immune response,” stated George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. and Regeneron chief scientific officer. “These sufferers had been much less more likely to clear the virus on their very own, and had been at better threat for extended signs.”

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