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Trump back to campaigning as his doctor says he is no longer a transmission risk

CoronavirusOct 10, 2020 11:52PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Washington 2/2

By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump appeared back to his old self on Saturday as he addressed supporters at the White House in his first public event since being diagnosed with COVID-19 and his doctor said he was no longer a transmission risk.

Trump took a test on Saturday which showed he was no longer a "transmission risk to others," his physician Sean Conley said in a statement released seven hours after the White House event. The tests showed there was no longer evidence "of actively replicating virus," he added.

The White House had no immediate comment on whether Conley's statement meant Trump had actually tested negative for the coronavirus, which has infected nearly 7.7 million people in the United States and killed over 213,000.

Trump and his administration have faced criticism for their handling of the pandemic, as well as for a lax approach to mask-wearing and social distancing in the White House. At least 11 of his close aides have tested positive for the virus.

Standing alone and not wearing a mask, Trump spoke from a White House balcony on Saturday afternoon - his first public event since being diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. He was hospitalized on Oct. 2 for treatment of COVID-19, and returned to the White House on Monday.

The Republican president, who is trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden in national polls, urged a crowd of hundreds of largely Black and Latino supporters, most wearing masks but not following social distancing guidelines, to help get out the vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Eager to get back on the campaign trail after an absence of more than a week, Trump plans to travel to the key battleground state of Florida on Monday, followed by rallies in Pennsylvania and Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

"I'm feeling great," he told the crowd.

Speaking firmly and with no sign of the raspy throat evident in recent interviews, Trump delivered a shorter-than-usual campaign speech.

He attacked Democrats as pursuing a "socialist" or even "Communist" agenda, and hailed his own record in fighting crime and boosting the U.S. economy, while flag-waving supporters cheered and chanted, "We love you."

A flesh-colored bandage was visible on his right hand.

While Trump's doctor had cleared him to resume public engagements from Saturday, other medical experts said the timeline appeared to be rushed.

Dr. Sandy Nelson, an infectious diseases specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said public health guidelines allowed those with mild cases of COVID-19 to resume contacts 10 days after the onset of symptoms and after 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

But for people who were hospitalized and required oxygen, such as Trump, the guidelines generally called for isolation of longer than 10 days and up to 20 days, she said.

"It's fair to say that he’s meeting the time-based criteria, but those criteria are not designed for people who are hospitalized," she told Reuters.

In his statement on Saturday, Conley said the president's tests revealed decreasing viral loads and "decreasing and now undetectable subgenomic mRNA." He provided no further details.

Nelson, who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School, said the reference to mRNA was puzzling since the test was not used outside of research applications.

It was the first time Trump had appeared in public since his release from the hospital on Monday, when some observers said he appeared at times to be short of breath.

The White House has released videos and Trump has called into television shows since then, but this was supporters' first chance to see the president live.

The White House has not disclosed when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19. He first revealed that he had tested positive on Oct. 2.

Given the timeline, Nelson said it was possible that Trump was contagious on Sept. 27 during the first presidential debate with Biden. Biden, who has tested negative for the virus repeatedly, and again on Saturday, was probably safe, but would not be completely clear of the risk for two more days, she said.

The Biden campaign had no immediate comment on Trump's condition.

PANDEMIC HANDLING

Trump's speech on Saturday touched on scrapping former President Barack Obama's 'Obamacare' healthcare reform law, criminal justice reform, and the state of the economy.

Opinion polls increasingly show that as Election Day approaches, voters see Nov. 3 as a chance to cast a vote on Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump repeated past calls for states to reopen their economies even as new cases of COVID-19 hit a two-month high on Friday. A Reuters analysis showed more than 58,000 infections were reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest hit a record for a fifth successive day.

Democrats and some commentators criticized Saturday's event for potentially exposing a new batch of supporters to the virus and for using a federal building as an election prop.

Asked about the Trump event in New Castle, Delaware, Biden said he hoped the president and his supporters were taking precautions.

"They should be socially distant and wearing masks," he said. "It's the only responsible thing to do."

Republican Tom McCullagh, who is running for a state senate seat in Illinois and flew to Washington for Trump's event, said he was not worried about catching the virus.

"If the president felt it was safe enough for him to hold a rally, I trust his judgment," McCullagh told Reuters.

McCullagh wore a mask and kept his distance from other participants but said he did not have his temperature taken before entering the White House grounds. Sources familiar with planning for the event had said participants would be screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperature taken.

Trump back to campaigning as his doctor says he is no longer a transmission risk
 

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Tenemos Avoir
Tenemos Avoir Oct 11, 2020 10:23AM ET
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Joe doesn’t feel well unless there is a riot in a Democrat run American city.
Johan Londono
Johan Londono Oct 11, 2020 10:23AM ET
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oh the same democratic cities that are the health and revenue of america. the same democratic cities that support middle America state handouts because they have no revenue. stay in alabama or middle of nowhere. jeolousy is ugly. I live in NY and it's nothing like the news. get some education and get out of the middle of the country. open your eyes to the world
Limin Tandiono
Limin Tandiono Oct 11, 2020 3:43AM ET
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Bush caught Saddam Hussein, Obama caught Bin Laden. Trump caught Covid-19.....LOL...
Dee Morris
Dee Morris Oct 11, 2020 3:43AM ET
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Good call! Thanks.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 11, 2020 3:18AM ET
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And, as we all now, this doctor never lies... lol
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 11, 2020 3:18AM ET
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know...
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 11, 2020 3:15AM ET
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Trump's Covid-19 event and treatment IS NOT TYPICAL of non-such treatments and CAN NOT BE HELD UP AS A SIGN of Precedent BECAUSE he received SPECIAL TREATMENT unavailable to ordinary mortals. Get it through your head. He received a USD400k treatment that's still experimental and not yet approved
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 11, 2020 2:55AM ET
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Trump doesn't feel good unless he can draw strength from attracting attention needlessly, picking fights with people, and pi..ing ppl off, like LeBron James. -- He's NOT A GOOD LEADER. HE CAUSES A TURMOIL whenever and wherever he shows up. He's a toxic person. It's clear that arguing with his cult base is as useless for well intended ppl as preaching to a choir. ●per article on msn . com 'LeBron James Calls For Everyone — ‘No Matter The Race’ — To Vote Donald Trump Out Of Office By COREY ATAD. 6 Aug 2020 11:21 AM'
Bryan Cooper
Bryan Cooper Oct 11, 2020 1:55AM ET
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plenty of time for some manufactured october surprises
TL Chan
TL Chan Oct 11, 2020 1:54AM ET
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Let them go, I won't call those real elites !
David David
David9 Oct 11, 2020 12:38AM ET
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How much do you guys want to bet...if Trump wins many elite workers will move out to another country?
figmarion 송
figmarion 송 Oct 11, 2020 12:38AM ET
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Socialist Joe might do that. and Increase taxes on them
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 11, 2020 12:38AM ET
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the rich have money and are too lazy to move. The Trump haters are MUCH MORE MOTIVATED. David Wong has a point.
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Oct 10, 2020 11:40PM ET
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He never had it. He went to the hospital with his wife to dodge questions about the debate. He’s mentally, and physically unfit to be a leader.
Howl Jenkins
Howl Jenkins Oct 10, 2020 11:40PM ET
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Walter Reed confirmed he had it. You sound like a science denier
skriller bee
skriller bee Oct 10, 2020 11:40PM ET
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walter reed is a mil hospital they cannot go againt a order directly from com in chief.science denying is believing it is normal for a patient who got different MULTIPLE experimental drugs then the next day get discharge from a hospital facility.plus his doctor were already caught lying about his conditiom before(regarding rona).
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 10, 2020 11:40PM ET
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skriller bed - check ur grammar plz. aint make sense. have some pride for authorship plz. ur readers are lost in ur words
Tai Banh
Tai Banh Oct 10, 2020 11:34PM ET
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I will not vote for anyone now or not at all if they dont get the bill passed by 10-19 they are playing too much games while americans are dying especially those tax payers
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Oct 10, 2020 11:34PM ET
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Who refused to sign? Why do the democrats not sign....and refer their outstanding requirements till after the election, if they were really interested in helping at all?
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 10, 2020 11:34PM ET
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Flip a coin with 3% bias for Biden plz cos he is new
Javier Escamilla
Javier Escamilla Oct 10, 2020 11:17PM ET
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Deception and division
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Oct 10, 2020 11:16PM ET
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This virus will go away only over 30% of the population get infected. they need to find an effective treatment or vaccine soon or we will in this # for a long time because only about 2- 5% r infected.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 10, 2020 11:16PM ET
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This is not what science says, but I guess you know better.. lol
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 10, 2020 11:16PM ET
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interesting concept: 30% × 310M = 103M Americans infected? err ..
James Marshall
James Marshall Oct 10, 2020 10:59PM ET
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the leftist conspiracies below are a good read for humor
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Me comment Oct 10, 2020 10:08PM ET
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His doctor never addresses the real issue, did Trump test negative. Must not have otherwise Trump would have been on the campaign trail not speaking from the balcony. Short speech, unlike Trump, cause he would have gotten winded and started coughing which would have made him look weak.
Jay West
Jay West Oct 10, 2020 10:08PM ET
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Splitting hairs you are. If the doctor said he is good then should be good enoigh for you. Sounds like you were over critical person who likes to pass judgment. Hopefully you can turn it around before too long.
TL Chan
TL Chan Oct 10, 2020 10:08PM ET
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Those are top doctors, they are more knowledgeable in medical science, when they say Trump is not transmission risk, we trust them! They are not there to just read out the test results. They are the top notch professional we trust!
Stella Stella
Stella Stella Oct 10, 2020 4:10PM ET
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He wants to change the Constitution so he can run for President indefinitely. That's why he admires so much Putin, the North Korean dictator, and the Chinese President. The Republicans think he is just joking. Good luck
mann patel
mann patel Oct 10, 2020 4:10PM ET
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what's wrong with it if he stays their for life long by amending constitution after all he is leader of presently living majority.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 10, 2020 4:10PM ET
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Fully agreed Stella. I knew it: women know better. Of the few women I see on this board the vast majority have their head very balanced, much different from the mainly prison populatiin here.
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Oct 10, 2020 3:12PM ET
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Flippy Dump is sick and sad, and very lonely and isolated, no one soul accompanies him on his side, it makes me feel sorry for him. Sigh deeply, if a person lacks a minimum decency, no matter how much Art of the Deal under whose belly, the belly would flip up under the bright sunlight, popped by the Art.
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 3:12PM ET
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Meth?
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 3:11PM ET
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Racisl justice? According to the department of justice website, more white men were shot by cops last year than black men ...while black men perpetrated 80% of violent crime.Yes, more justice needs served.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Oct 10, 2020 3:11PM ET
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You’ve missed the entire point as all Trumpers do. How many of those White men were shot by Black cops? Very very few. Yet another racist posting by an uneducated Trumper.
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 3:11PM ET
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Thom Miller , just another blind liberal ignoring the facts I presented. What do you do with those facts? Because when black cops die it’s about cops...black perpetrators die it’s about racism ...which is it?
Johnnie Blaze
Johnnie Blaze Oct 10, 2020 3:11PM ET
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BS. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-the-data-say-about-police-shootings/
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 3:09PM ET
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“sometimes violent protests for racial justice”Name a peaceful one....these were RIOTSTrump 2020.Harris will turn us into a 3rd-world country.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Oct 10, 2020 3:09PM ET
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Trump has already turned the US into the most hated country in the world. When Biden wins, please move to North Korea, where you will feel right at home.
Otto Gonzalez
Otto Gonzalez Oct 10, 2020 3:09PM ET
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Thommy boy is still upset about 2016.. wait til he gets another 4 years... boohoo..
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 3:09PM ET
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Thom Miller , exactly as the other commenters mentioned, the United States is unique in it’s freedom and liberty, why do you want to turn it into Cuba, China, Canada?, why don’t you just move there instead of forcing communism and socialism on everyone else? It’s amazing to me that Chyna cut the feed as Pence was talking but not Harris. Self-explanatory.
Jay West
Jay West Oct 10, 2020 3:09PM ET
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Thom Miller The dictator of China has already stated that the present Democratic Party is the new communism. You got things a little backwards there dude.
Plopseven Schwartz
Plopseven Schwartz Oct 10, 2020 2:57PM ET
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By election time, one party will be completely infected and the other won’t. Who will you vote for to lead us out of this pandemic?
Jay West
Jay West Oct 10, 2020 2:57PM ET
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I will vote for the party that is immune to the china virus.
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 10, 2020 2:57PM ET
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Sorry to burst your bubble, Jay, but immunity to this virus seems to only last 2 to 4 months.
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Oct 10, 2020 2:26PM ET
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What a great leader! A beacon of hope for many. Strong, calm and just. A supreme president like no one before.
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Me comment Oct 10, 2020 2:26PM ET
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Drinking to much of the Trump coolade.
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 2:26PM ET
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Jan Buyle , Me Comment, name the bad Trump policies?Ttump stopped travel and saved many lives while Biden and the team called it a rascist move and continued with impeachnent hoax as it spread. That is a fact.
Jake Kincaid
Jake Kincaid Oct 10, 2020 2:26PM ET
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if he stopped travel why were there thousands of flights too and from china after the "travel ban" was in place?
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Oct 10, 2020 2:26PM ET
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Jake Kincaid , He made the call, no one else did, as a matter fact the left called him a fool. You were focused on the logistics and execution but no one else even made the decision, I think deeper.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Oct 10, 2020 12:24PM ET
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If they refuse to release his test results, it means he is still positive. But when money is on the line, he has to do what he thinks best for him and so is everybody else.
Jay West
Jay West Oct 10, 2020 12:24PM ET
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Bro do you go to work sick or do you call out and stay home like a baby? Trump is laser focused. No denying that.
Bill Hoerter
Bill Hoerter Oct 10, 2020 10:38AM ET
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Why vote for Joe? Nancy already thinks his health is suspect and he will be incapacitated!
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Oct 10, 2020 10:38AM ET
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more on
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 10, 2020 5:41AM ET
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Super spreader Trump will continue his selfish and potentially deadly for others behaviour... Knowing that not everybody has access to a $400.000 treatment... How about testing negative before going to mass events again Mr. President? How about not organize mass event in this stage of the pandemic, in order to protect people?
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Oct 10, 2020 5:41AM ET
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How about learning to use proper grammar before going on a self-righteous rant?
Boltzman Knight
Boltzman Knight Oct 10, 2020 5:41AM ET
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Thank you for your hard work sir. Without the grammar police patroling message boards and enforcing grammar, the message board would be a mess. When kids grow up they want to be just like you. Sitting infront of a computer, wearing my grammar police uniform, with a shinny grammar police badge near my heart and a pocket protector on my chest pocket, patroling message boards. Freaking nerd.
Jay West
Jay West Oct 10, 2020 5:41AM ET
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Jan Buyle must be a paid poster from some foreign land that favors the basement boy. Certainly English is not his or her first language. If you’re a foreigner keep your comments to yourself. Don’t be jealous of our free country.
 
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