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Has Trump Recovered From COVID-19? White House Physician Gives Assessment

President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 “on consecutive days,” White House physician Dr. Sean Conley stated Monday in a written note. The memo was released just hours before Trump planned to appear in Sanford, Florida.

Trump’s negative diagnosis came from using the Abbott antigen test. Conley said Trump is not contagious to others. 

Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, along with first lady Melania Trump. He then spent a weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center following the diagnosis, where he received multiple treatments for the virus.

Trump has been treated with an antibody cocktail from Regeneron and remdesivir. He was also treated with the steroid dexamethasone.

Trump has said contracting COVID-19 was a “blessing from God.” He also recently told Americans to not let COVID-19 “dominate your life.”

Trump has told his campaign to hold events every day until the election on Nov. 3. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top epidemiologist, said Trump’s rallies are “asking for trouble” as attendees often do not wear masks or social distance.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has criticized Trump, saying he bears some responsibility for his COVID-19 infection. At the same time, the former vice president has said he is praying for Trump’s recovery. 

Multiple other figures in the Trump campaign and administration have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, campaign manager Bill Stepien, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and three Republican senators are a few high-profile individuals to have been infected by the virus. 

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Trump tests negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, White House doctor says

Ahead of his first campaign rally since being hospitalized for Covid-19, President Donald Trump’s White House physician Dr. Sean Conley released a memo on Monday stating the president had recently tested negative on consecutive days and is no longer contagious.

Trump and the administration have repeatedly dodged questions about when the president last tested negative for the virus. Conley said in his memo a number of measures were used to test Trump and that he had tested negative on antigen tests instead of the more conclusive polymerase chain reaction test. Conley did not say on which days Trump tested negative.

“This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the President is not infectious to others,” Conley said in the memo.

The news comes as Trump returns to the campaign trail Monday night with a rally in Florida after he and several White House and campaign aides were infected with Covid-19. Florida is a crucial battleground state and polls show that Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, is leading Trump. Trump won the state in 2016.

“They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful,” Trump told the crowd in Sanford. “I’ll walk into that audience, I’ll walk in there, kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women.”

Biden on Monday held events in Ohio, another battleground state. Vice President Mike Pence was also campaigning in Ohio on Monday. However, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Biden’s running mate, was not on the trail on Monday, participating instead as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Trump spent much of the day ranting on Twitter about health care and other issues

Trump tests negative for COVID-19, is not infectious: White House physician

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, with bandages seen on his hand, takes off his face mask as he comes out on a White House balcony to speak to supporters gathered on the South Lawn for a campaign rally that the White House is calling a “peaceful protest” in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said on Monday, 10 days after Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus.

In a memo released by the White House just hours before Trump was due to resume holding campaign rallies, Dr. Sean Conley said the president had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories ABT.N BinaxNOW antigen card.

Conley said the negative tests and other clinical and laboratory data “indicate a lack of detectable viral replication.”

Trump’s medical team had determined that based on the data and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “the president is not infectious to others,” Conley said.

Trump returns to the campaign trail on Monday night with a rally in Sanford, Florida, his first since he disclosed on Oct. 2 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Critics fault Trump for failing to encourage supporters at campaign events, and even White House staff, to wear protective masks and abide by social-distancing guidelines. At least 11 close Trump aides have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese and Bill Berkrot

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No Contact Tracing After Rose Garden COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event

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Now that Anthony Fauci, MD, has declared the Sept. 26 Rose Garden introduction of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a COVID-19 super-spreader event, the question is how many of the 200 guests and White House staff – most of whom did not wear a mask or social distance – have been infected. An infected person could infect at least two other people. The Washington Post is reporting that at least 34 people connected to the event or the White House have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, didn’t parse words on Oct. 9, when he told CBS News Radio that data confirms Judge Barrett’s coming-out party seeded the virus’s spread.

“We had a super-spreader event in the White House,” he said. “And it was a situation where people were crowded together, were not wearing masks. So the data speaks for themselves.”

But figuring out exactly how many people at the event contracted COVID-19 will not be easy. Many attendees have scattered across the country, returning to their homes and their daily lives likely unaware that they had been exposed to the virus. And the White House has resisted much of the CDC’s effort to conduct contact tracing. 

“I think that it is fair to say that anybody who attended the event or worked at it could have been exposed to the virus, since it is likely that they came across others, some of whom were infected,” said Seth Welles, PhD, ScD, a professor of epidemiology and infectious disease at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. “How many have been infected is a whole other story.”

A super-spreader event is defined as when a critical number of infected individuals are in close proximity

Trump tests negative for COVID-19, White House doctor says

President Trump’s White House doctor said Monday that Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 “on consecutive days” using a newer rapid test from Abbott Laboratories.

The assessment from Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley came as Trump was traveling to Sanford, Fla., to headline his first campaign rally since becoming infected with the coronavirus. Conley had said in a written memo released over the weekend that Trump was no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others.

Conley said in an update released Monday that Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days using a newer 15-minute test. He did not say when Trump was tested.

Trump announced Oct. 2 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that night and released on Oct. 5.

His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, also announced Monday that he had tested negative for the coronavirus. It’s the latest in a series of negative tests for Biden since he was onstage Sept. 29 for a debate against Trump, who later tested positive for the virus.

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