Trump hid the result of the first test for COVID-19, which confirmed the infection of the US President with coronavirus, media reported. The American leader asked his advisor not to tell anyone, and instead announced that his assistant had tested positive. According to White House rules, employees take a more accurate test if the express option shows the presence of a disease.
US President Donald Trump has decided to withhold from the public the positive result of his first coronavirus test. The Wall Street Journal reported this with reference to sources.
Trump knew about the results of the express test on the evening of October 1, before the appearance on the air of Fox News. The president announced then that COVID-19 was found in his assistant Hope Hicks.
“Don’t tell anyone,” Trump asked his adviser. The newspaper was informed about this by a source familiar with the content of this conversation. The President officially announced his infection a few hours later, on the night of October 2.
According to the internal regulations of the White House, employees pass a second, more accurate test for coronavirus if the first rapid test indicates the presence of a disease.
On October 5, Trump said that during his illness he learned a lot about the new type of coronavirus. He posted a video with such a statement on his Twitter.
“This is a real school with real textbooks. I realize, I understand this. I’ll tell you about it, ”Trump said. According to doctors treating the US President at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Trump’s condition continues to improve. All vital signs are stable, the fever has not been observed since the morning of October 2. According to some data, the American president can be discharged as early as Monday, October 5.
Earlier, the attending physician to US President Donald Trump, Sean Conley, said that his patient will continue to work during treatment for COVID-19. “Rest assured, I expect the President to continue to carry out his duties without interruption while he is on the mend,” Conley said.
Trump was also injected with a cocktail of antibodies against the coronavirus. A cocktail made by Regeneron can reduce the concentration of infection in the blood, according to some researchers. The head of the White House is taking the drug Remdesivir.
“The President is feeling very well, he does not need additional oxygen, but after consulting with specialists, we decided to start therapy with Remdesivir,” Conley said in a statement.
For a long time, Trump has been criticized for refusing to use personal protective equipment – from the very beginning of the pandemic, he has repeatedly been encouraged to go out in public wearing a mask. In July, Trump’s rhetoric about masks changed from April. At the beginning of the pandemic, he said that he did not plan to resort to protective equipment. Speaking at a White House briefing on April 4, for example, he said that wearing masks is a voluntary decision of everyone.
“I don’t think I will resort to this. I can’t imagine putting on a mask when meeting with presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens. ” Already on July 1, the US President said in an interview with Fox Business that he “with all his hands for masks”, and from time to time wears them.
In May, we recall, Donald Trump confirmed that the activities of the working group on the fight against coronavirus will be completed. “Mike Pence [Vice President of the United States] and the working group have done a great job, but now
we are considering a slightly different format, and this format is security and openness. And, probably, another group will be created for this, ”Trump told reporters.
A working group to combat coronavirus was created in the United States on January 29. It was chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and included more than 20 experts and US administration officials. The White House then said the group’s goal was to spearhead efforts to “control, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus.”
Since then, Trump’s mood and attitude towards the virus has changed with enviable regularity. Less than two weeks after the creation of the working group, the head of the White House said that the coronavirus “will go away in April due to the heat,” and two weeks later he said that the infection rate in the United States is quite low, the best experts are working in the country, the authorities are completely control the situation, and the stock market sank due to panic and intrigue in the ranks of the Democrats.
As cases of the disease in the United States increased, the American leader’s optimism gradually faded, but later he announced that America would defeat COVID-19 and a “golden age” would come.