After a three-day hospital stay, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will be able to leave the Walter Reed military hospital near Washington. At a press briefing on Monday, October 5, White House doctor Sean Conley announced that his patient was “Not yet completely out of the woods”, but that he could return to the White House, where he will continue to receive treatment. “He will benefit from world-class medical care 24 hours a day”, he added. He said the medical team, “Cautiously optimistic”, would not be fully relieved for a week, if the patient’s health did not deteriorate again by then.
A few minutes before this speech, the President of the United States himself announced on Twitter that he would leave the hospital at 6.30 p.m. (local time, 12.30 a.m. in France):
“I will be leaving the wonderful Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 pm. Feel really good! Don’t be afraid of the Covid. Don’t let him rule your life. We have developed some really great medicine and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago! “
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of C … https://t.co/fFk0atUvqI
The President of the United States, 74, has been hospitalized since Friday evening after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening. With its short outing on Sunday to greet supporters in front of the hospital from his car, Mr. Trump had shown his eagerness to resume his campaign with less than a month until the November 3 presidential election, which will pit him against Democrat Joe Biden. Tested positive only a few days ago, however, Donald Trump is expected to remain in isolation for some time, even after being released from hospital. Asked about the possibility for the president to travel, his doctor replied on Monday: ” We will see. “
Sean Conley ended up admitting on Sunday that his patient’s initial condition had been more serious than what had been officially declared at first, reinforcing the impression of a real lack of transparency, even of real concern at the stronger from the disease.
Turning around on his press briefing on Saturday, the doctor confirmed that Donald Trump did need oxygen on Friday, for about an hour, at the White House, an episode deemed sufficiently disturbing to decide to hospitalize him the same evening.
He also announced another episode of declining oxygen saturation that occurred on Saturday morning. And, also on Saturday, doctors administered a third treatment, dexamethasone, a corticosteroid effective against severe forms of Covid-19, in addition to the antiviral remdesivir and the experimental cocktail from the company Regeneron, which he received. from Friday. Dr Conley admitted he had not revealed this incident the day before to project an image “Optimistic”.
White House spokeswoman tested positive
After the president, his wife, Melania, his close advisor Hope Hicks and several other members of his team, Kayleigh McEnany, the spokeswoman for the White House, in turn announced that she had tested positive.
“I tested positive Monday for Covid-19, without feeling any symptoms”, she tweeted, specifying to immediately quarantine. On several occasions in recent days, she has briefed journalists at the White House without wearing a mask.
This announcement, after three days of cacophonous communication on the state of health of the President of the United States, further reinforces the image of a White House that has not taken the full measure of the epidemic.