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President Trump flown to hospital out ‘of caution’ after testing positive for COVID-19

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


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President Donald Trump on Thursday stated he and First Woman Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. By Friday afternoon, he was flown to Walter Reed Navy Hospital “out of an abundance of warning” and was in a position to stroll by himself to and from the Marine One helicopter.

“President Trump stays in good spirits, has gentle signs and has been working all through the day,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated in an announcement. On the suggestion of his doctor and medical consultants, “the president shall be working from the presidential places of work at Walter Reed for the following few days,” she added.

Trump tweeted a video filmed within the White Home simply after arriving on the hospital round 6:30 p.m. ET, thanking folks for his or her assist. “I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital, I feel I am doing very nicely however we will make it possible for issues work out,” he stated within the video. “The First Woman is doing very nicely.”

Trump tweeted the information about his check outcomes Thursday night time, saying “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I examined optimistic for COVID-19. We are going to start our quarantine and restoration course of instantly.” The primary girl 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 girl, 50, had entered quarantine after studying that prime White Home aide Hope Hicks had examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

White Home doctor Dr. Sean Conley stated in a memorandum late Thursday that the president and first girl have been “each nicely right now, they usually plan to stay at house throughout the White Home throughout their convalescence.”

The physician continued, “Relaxation assured I count on 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 per week after the variety of deaths linked to COVID-19 within the US surpassed 200,000.

Because the virus has unfold the world over, well being care professionals have warned that sure teams of individuals, together with older adults and other people with underlying medical situations, are at a higher risk of creating a severe 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 respiratory vapor, resembling when somebody sneezes or coughs into the air round you. Some consultants have additionally recommended that the virus can linger in the air and that this may increasingly play a task in transmission.

Well being officers proceed to encourage folks 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 involved 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: should you’re experiencing signs of COVID-19, should you’ve had shut contact with somebody — inside 6 ft for not less than 15 minutes — with a optimistic COVID-19 check, or should you’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 girl’s optimistic 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 girl 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 sometimes seems in public with out sporting one. He pulled out a masks from his swimsuit jacket to point out 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, after I suppose I would like it. Tonight is an instance, everyone 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 destructive on Friday. 

Vice President Mike Pence and second girl 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 Woman examined destructive 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 response to 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 folks very severely.”

“White Home Operations collaborates with the doctor to the president and the White Home Navy Workplace to make sure all plans and procedures incorporate present CDC steering 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 shall 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 Woman Melania Trump stays nicely with solely a gentle cough and headache.”

In keeping 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 be being examined for stopping an infection in individuals who have been uncovered to coronavirus sufferers, and in treating hospitalized sufferers.

“The best remedy profit was in sufferers who had not mounted their very own efficient immune response, suggesting that REGN-COV2 may 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 have been much less prone to clear the virus on their very own, and have been at larger threat for extended signs.”

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