Donald Trump Tests Negative for COVID-19 Eleven Days After Positive Diagnosis
President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 and is no longer contagious, the White House announced on Monday.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who also contracted the pathogen, tweeted a memo written by the president’s physician stating that Trump “has tested NEGATIVE, on consecutive days, using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card.”
Doctor Sean Conley added:
It is important to note that this test was not used in isolation for the determination of the President’s current negative status. Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgeneric RNA, and PCR style threshold measurements, as well as an ongoing assessment of viral culture data, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication. This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the President is not infectious to others.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 12, 2020
The president and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, October 1. Trump spent the following weekend at Walter Reed Military Medical Center receiving experimental treatments unavailable to the public. He checked himself out of the hospital on Monday, October 5, against the advice of his attending doctors because he was tired of being there.
Upon returning to the White House, Trump struggled to breathe and writhed in pain on the White House’s Truman Balcony.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines mandate that individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on their severity.
The test Conley referenced is notoriously inaccurate and is only supposed to be administered in the early days of infection.
But Trump’s executive cocktail of antibodies, antivirals, and more specifically a steroid called dexamethasone, gave him an energy boost over the last week, which he spent rage-tweeting, ignoring CDC guidelines – including not wearing a mask, as well as hosting a self-aggrandizing event at the White House this past Saturday.
More than 2,000 giddy Trump supporters showed up to his second “superspreader” shindig, a majority of whom did not maintain adequate social distancing or wear masks, which were distrubted to guests, although their usage was not enforced or required.
Trump, who was still contagious at the time, did not wear a mask. Neither did Doctor Scott Atlas, the president’s principal adviser on the coronavirus.
Trump flew to Sanford, Florida late Monday afternoon for a campaign rally – his first since receiving a positive diagnosis.