Corona patient Trump gives a sign of strength: three days after his admission, the US president left the clinic. Trump himself says he feels good. His doctor has not yet clarified everything.
Despite the concerns of his doctors, US President Donald Trump, who was infected with the corona virus, left the hospital after just three nights. Trump walked through the golden gate of Walter Reed military hospital near the US capital Washington early Monday evening (local time). The 74-year-old clenched a fist, held a thumb in the air and was then driven to a waiting helicopter that flew him back to the White House. There, the president demonstratively took off the protective mask he was wearing until then – although it is still contagious.
Donald Trump: The US President on His Way Back to the White House. (Source: Evan Vucci / AP / dpa)
Trump had announced on Twitter in advance that he would resume the election campaign soon. “The fake news only shows the fake polls,” wrote the Republican, who is behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in polls four weeks before the presidential election. In the afternoon, Trump also announced his resignation on Twitter. “I feel really good!” Wrote the president.
I am leaving the wonderful Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 pm today. Feel really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it rule your life. We’ve developed some really great medicine and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Doctors don’t see Trump over the mountain yet
Trump’s family doctor Sean Conley had emphasized during an afternoon press conference that the president was not quite out of the woods yet. Although Trump meets all the criteria for dismissal, the treatment continues. The next seven to ten days are critical. “When the time window closes, we take a deep breath.”
Conley added, “In a way, we’re entering uncharted territory here with a patient who has received their level of care.” The doctor addressed Trump’s treatment with an experimental cocktail of antibodies and the Ebola drug Remdesivir.
Donald Trump returns to the White House in the Marine One helicopter: he has been released from military hospital. (Source: J. Scott Applewhite / AP / dpa / dpa)
Pandemic again campaign topic number one
Four weeks before the US election on Nov. 3, there was no better news for the president than an early discharge from hospital for Covid’s disease. The election year was overshadowed by the corona pandemic. Trump, who is running for a second term in November, has been making serious allegations in dealing with the pandemic due to the high number of deaths.
In recent weeks, he had traveled extensively around the country, holding election campaigns with thousands of supporters and not forgoing close contact with other people. Home to the election, of all places, Trump’s illness once again exposed the pandemic, which hit the US harder than any other country. More than 7.4 million infections are known and nearly 210,000 people have died since its inception.
Still, the president wrote on Twitter, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let the virus take over your life.” Under his leadership, great medicines and knowledge had been developed. He feels better today than he did twenty years ago. On Twitter, many users expressed their misunderstanding of the president’s statements given the high number of deaths in the US.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it rule your life,” said the president after being rushed to hospital and undergoing extraordinary treatment for a deadly virus that would be largely unavailable to most average people. .
– Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 5, 2020
“It’s a great message to send… to encourage people to put themselves in danger, now seems reckless and inhumane.
“How irresponsible can a president actually be?”https://t.co/ryneJtiYxC
– Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) October 5, 2020
The condition, meanwhile, was more serious than shown
Trump announced his corona infection after midnight US East Coast time on Friday and was taken by helicopter to Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda north of Washington less than 24 hours later. Over the weekend, there was conflicting information about his health. It was clear on Sunday: the president’s situation was now more serious than initially suggested. Trump belongs to a corona risk group at 74 years old.
The White House had presented Trump’s move to the hospital on Friday as a purely precautionary measure. Trump’s doctors on Saturday painted a rosy picture of the president’s health. But a few hours after his positive corona test, Trump had a high fever on Friday and his blood oxygen saturation dropped below 94 percent. On Saturday, the oxygen saturation dropped back to about 93 percent. When the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen attacks the lungs, the body is poorly supplied with oxygen.
In both cases, the president was given “a small amount of oxygen,” Conley’s personal physician said Monday. On Sunday, the doctor only confirmed Friday’s oxygen supply, but not Saturday.
Because of the temporary oxygen depletion, Trump was given the steroid dexamethasone, which the World Health Organization recommends for the treatment of patients on a severe course of Covid-19. In addition to the antibody cocktail, he was also given remdesivir. Experts saw in the drugs evidence of a serious course of the disease. Conley stressed that Trump will also receive “first-class medical care” 24 hours a day in the White House and the hospital wing there.
After Trump’s infection became known, countless people around him tested positive, including the first lady, Trump’s campaign manager and one of his closest advisers. The infection became known to his spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday.