Just over a week since he was hospitalized with Covid-19, President Trump is returning to his beloved rallies.
At 2 p.m., Mr. Trump appeared on a White House balcony and addressed a gathering of conservative activists on the South Lawn. More than 2,000 invitations went out for the event, according to one official.
On Monday, the president will return to must-win Florida for a “Make America Great Again” event at Orlando Sanford International Airport — his first battleground-state rally since testing positive for the virus.
Mr. Trump’s rationale is easy to discern: He is eager to get back into the fray. And, more to the point, he’s hungry for the adulation of his supporters.
But the political wisdom of attending campaign events as a lethal virus ripples through the White House staff is dubious, at best.
Mr. Trump’s insistence since leaving the hospital that Covid-19 was nothing to dwell on and a challenge that can be easily overcome has highlighted the cavalier approach he has taken to the virus for six months. Returning to the campaign trail while the virus might still be working through his system will have the same effect. In an interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday, Mr. Trump said that he was “medication free.”
But as he trails Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the polls just over three weeks before Election Day, and with millions of votes are already being cast, Mr. Trump will not be denied.
One person familiar with the planning for the White House event said that all attendees would be required to bring and wear a mask, and that they would have to submit to a temperature check and a fill out a questionnaire.
As Mr. Trump prepares to hit the campaign trail again, outside medical experts caution that doing so could pose risks to himself and others. Attendees at the Florida event will be asked to sign a disclaimer stating that “you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.”
Outside medical experts said that resuming public duties might worsen Mr. Trump’s condition, which could still deteriorate in the next several days. Covid-19 patients can take turns for the worse during the second week of illness.
Then there are the potential risks Mr. Trump could pose to others. According to C.D.C. guidelines, people with mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 most likely “remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset.”
Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, said on Thursday that Mr. Trump could safely “return to public engagements” on Saturday — a timeline that was questioned by outside experts.