President Trump is out of the hospital and ready to get back to business.
The president walked out of Walter Reed Medical Center yesterday evening after being hospitalized for roughly three days with COVID-19. He left the hospital amid a large crowd of onlookers and flashed a thumbs-up before entering an SUV for transport to Marine One. Trump will continue treatments from the White House, but officials say he’s not fully “out of the woods” just yet even though he’s out of the hospital.
President Trump arrived at the White House around dusk. He appeared on a balcony overlooking the media crowd assembled on the South Lawn. Trump removed his mask and fired off a lengthy salute to Marine One before waving to the media before and disappearing into the White House to begin his isolation.
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The president released a video statement on Twitter just hours after returning home. In the roughly minute-long video, Trump took an encouraging tone and praised America’s health care system for its response to the pandemic. “I just left Walter Reed Medical Center and it’s something very special … the doctors, the nurses, the first responders,” he said.
“One thing that’s for certain, don’t let it [COVID-19] dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines… and you’re gonna beat it,’ Trump said, adding that he feels better than he has in 20 years after his stay at Walter Reed.
President Trump’s Health Condition
White House Physician Dr. Sean Conley hosted a press conference earlier in the day to discuss the president’s condition. He said Trump will continue to receive treatments from the White House, but the decision to discharge him Monday was the right call. “We try to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible,” Conley said. “There is nothing being done here that we can’t safely do at home.”
Conley said the medical staff will keep a vigilant 24/7 watch on the president over the next few days. “We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient who received the therapies he has,” said Conley. “The president may not entirely be out of the woods yet,”
Trump will receive his final dosage of Gilead Science’s Remdesivir at the White House on Tuesday. Conley says the president hasn’t been on any fever-reducing drugs for at least 72 hours. As of Monday, Trump’s vitals are stable and within normal ranges.
White House Outbreak
Melania Trump also tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the recent White House outbreak. The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to update the public on her status. “My family is grateful for all of the prayers & support!” Melania tweeted Monday. “I am feeling good & will continue to rest at home,” she also stated.
Trump’s return comes in the midst of a full-blown flare-up at the White House, with several staff members contracting the contagion. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for the virus on Monday, and several Republicans in Trump’s orbit have also been infected.
The Trump administration expects the president will be fully recovered in time for the October 15 debate against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Biden’s campaign says their man is “looking forward to it.”