President Donald Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that he would be leaving Walter Reed Army Medical Center Monday evening to go back to the White House due to improving symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus early Friday morning.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Trump: Don’t let Covid “dominate your life”
Trump said he was “feeling really good” and that people shouldn’t “be afraid of Covid” because of treatments for the virus now available. “Don’t let it dominate your life,” he said. “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
Trump flew from the White House to Walter Reed on Friday, and doctors later shared that he had a fever and that his oxygen saturation dropped to lower than optimal levels on Friday and briefly on Saturday.
Trump was given several treatments to stop the virus while at Walter Reed, including monoclonal antibodies, remdesivir, and the steroid dexamethasone, which can control inflammation.
He continued to work at Walter Reed, which has a presidential suite with workspace for just such a purpose.
While Trump and his doctors admitted that he wasn’t feeling well on Friday and that he received supplemental oxygen when his levels dropped the first time, both Trump and White House doctors said he was fever-free and feeling much better on Saturday.
On Sunday, Trump left the hospital briefly to ride in his sealed presidential vehicle so that he could wave to and thank supporters who have been camped outside the hospital to show support while he was in the hospital getting treatment. Critics lambasted him for putting Secret Service at risk.
Trump cleared by doctors to go home
Trump’s doctors cleared him to return to the White House on Monday, where he will still receive care and be monitored in case any other complications arise.
On Monday, White House doctor Sean Conley said, “Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all of our evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home.”
Trump has been reported to be a germaphobe, which played into his desire to leave the hospital as soon as possible.
So far, key figures who had contact with Trump including Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence have tested negative for the virus, while others including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and aide Hope Hicks have tested positive.