Trump heads to military hospital after contracting COVID-19
On Friday Oct 2, President Donald Trump publicly appeared after being stricken by COVID-19. Soon after, boarded a flight to a military hospital on his Marine One helicopter.
Without speaking, Trump gave a thumbs-up while walking out of the White House. To protect themselves from the president, members of the aircrew, Secret Service agents and White House staff wore face coverings while onboard the helicopter.
Trump says he believes he is “doing very well” as one of his first public comments since his diagnosis, in a short Twitter video message posted.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’ll am going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I am doing very well. But we are going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said.
“The First Lady is doing very well,” he added.
Stay at medical center a precautionary measure
As a precautionary measure, the White House said the visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is only for “a few days” and since the hospital’s presidential suite is well equipped, Trump will continue work on his official duties.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day”.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”
According to the White House, the White House physician injected Trump with an experimental antibody cocktail earlier on Friday.
His physician, Navy Commander Dr Sean Conley, said Trump received an intravenous dose of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’s dual antibody.
Along with that, immune system boosters like zinc and vitamin D, aspirin, and other generic drugs were given to Trump.
REGN-COV2, Regeneron’s drug, is one of the experimental COVID-19 drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. What it does is manufacture copies of human antibodies to the virus under study to be used in patients with early signs of the illness.
Timing of Trump’s revelation
Trump’s revelation of being positive for the virus comes just a month before the presidential election. After returning from an afternoon political fundraiser, he released a tweet about 1am saying he that contracted covid-19.
Knowing he had been exposed to an aide with Covid-19, Trump has not said a word to the crowd. He is aware that the disease has killed more than a million people worldwide and infected millions in America.
According to the president, first lady Melania Trump and several others in the White House tested positive as well, prompting concern that the virus was spread further by the White House or even Trump himself.
Trump downplayed the threat of the virus throughout the year, urging states and cities to “reopen” and reduce or eliminate shutdown rules. He is rarely seen wearing a protective mask.
President receives experimental antibody cocktail
In a memo, the president’s physician mentioned that Trump received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail that is still in clinical trials made by Regeneron late Friday.
Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” according to Dr Conley. Both the president and first lady are now being evaluated by a team of experts.
Conley reported that the first lady, who is 50, has a “mild cough and headache.” The rest of the first family who lives at the White House, including the Trumps’ son Barron, tested negative for Covid-19.
3rd October 2020 22:30