US President Donald Trump’s physician Sean Conley issued a statement in which he noted that, according to the results of a test taken on Saturday morning, the president no longer poses a threat in terms of transmitting the virus to others. Conley pointed out that, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards, the president can stop isolating himself from others.
Hours earlier, Trump had hosted a major campaign rally at the White House on Saturday, the first public event he attended after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Participation in the rally heralded the resumption of the campaign for Trump, who spent three nights in the hospital to treat COVID-19.
While questions about his health remained, Trump stepped out of the balcony without a mask, telling an audience of predominantly blacks and Hispanics disproportionately affected by the coronavirus that “there are many outbreaks, but this will all go away. “.
Without giving specific evidence, he said that “the vaccine will appear very, very quickly, in record time.”
All participants in the rally had to wear masks, and the rally itself was presented as “a peaceful protest for law and order.”
The President’s previous public event, the announcement of Amy Connie Barrett’s nomination for the position of Supreme Court Justice, took place on September 26 in the White House Rose Garden. More than 200 people took part in it, most of whom were without masks. It was later described as a “super-spreader” – an event associated with a large number of new infections. Since the Rose Garden event, more than two dozen people have contracted COVID-19, including Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and several aides.
The rally for “law and order” was announced, while chief infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the White House against holding large-scale events with people without masks.
Trump’s doctors said the president began showing symptoms of COVID-19 on October 1. In a statement on Oct. 8, Conley said Trump’s condition “remains stable with no signs to suggest that the disease is progressing.” The statement noted that Trump may resume attending Saturday’s events.