WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he will begin a run-ahead of Election Day despite unanswered questions about his health during a Florida rally.
After a White House doctor said he was not at risk of transmitting coronavirus, it was not clear whether Trump had tested negative for it. The president stressed that he now has “immunity” from the virus, which is impossible to prove and added to those who are unaware of the president’s health.
In an interview with the Fox News Channel “Sunday Morning Futures”, Trump said, “I have an immune system.” “The president is in a very good position to fight wars.”
Navy CMDR in a memo released by the White House Saturday night. Dr. Sean Conley said Trump had met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards to keep him safe alone, and that he was no longer considered a transmission hazard by “currently recognized standards.” The memo did not state that Trump tested negative for the virus.
But sensitive laboratory tests – such as the PCR test cited in the doctor’s statements – can detect the virus in swab samples taken from the nose and throat. Some medical experts doubted that Trump could announce his illness so quickly without the risk of the virus spreading. Just 10 days from the initial diagnosis of the infection, there is no way to know for sure that someone is no longer infected, they said.
He will be back in Florida on Monday for full-scale rallies, with the president facing stubborn deficits in the election. The Trump campaign and the White House did not suggest that the Air Force take extra security measures to prevent the spread of the virus among those traveling to the Air Force at event sites or during weekly rallies in Pennsylvania and Iowa.
Campaign officials have signaled that Trump will travel almost every day during the rest of the campaign, sometimes making more than one stop, an aggressive schedule for a 74-year-old man who was hospitalized a few days ago.
As the virus once again dominated the national discourse, the Trump campaign released a statement praising the presidential leadership of Dr. Anthony Fauzi – but the country’s leading infectious disease expert objected to the inclusion on Sunday.
“The comments attributed to me in the GOP campaign statement without my permission were taken out of context,” Fauzi said in a statement, adding that he was talking extensively about public health officials’ response to the epidemic. “In my five decades of public service, I have not publicly accepted political candidates.”
Trump campaign director Tim Murtag responded by saying, “These are Dr. Fowzie’s own words,” adding that they appreciated the administration’s response.
Trump said in a tweet that he had “completely and completely signed off from White House doctors” to get back on track, emphasizing that he could no longer spread the disease to others and never get sick again.
This is not certain, and Twitter later flagged its tweet with a fact-check warning.
Although there is evidence that reinfection is unlikely for at least three months, even in those with a mild case of COVID-19, very few diseases make people fully immune to life. Antibodies are only one part of the body’s defenses, and they naturally degrade over time.
“It’s definitely a lifetime thing to say,” said Dr Albert Coe, an infectious disease specialist and department chairman at the Yale School of Public Health.
Coe said the White House was following CDC guidelines when it was appropriate to end the Kovid-19 cases alone after mild to moderate cases, to see if Trump was still likely to stick.
However, Co warned that those suffering from serious illnesses should be isolated for 20 days. Trump has been treated with the steroid dexamethasone, which is usually prescribed to patients with severe COVID.
Dr. Mark Lipsich, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, said the doctor’s letter did not provide enough information to reassure Trump that he was no longer contagious. He noted that the use of Trump steroids could prolong viral shedding, and therefore the CDC’s 10-day standard may or may not apply.
“It’s a call to judgment,” he said.
The White House memo follows Trump’s first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for coronavirus at a military hospital. Hundreds of people gathered on the South Lawn on Saturday afternoon for a Trump speech on his support for law enforcement from the White House balcony.
Trump took masked moments after emerging on the balcony aimed at an audience on the lower lawn, his first step onto the open stage with just over three weeks to go until election day. After admitting that he was on the verge of “bad things” from the virus and claiming that his fight with the illness had brought him a better understanding, he once again erred on his own government days safety recommendations.
He was brief to return. With bandages appearing on his hands from an intravenous injection, Trump spoke for 18 minutes, much shorter than his usual hour-plus rallies. Despite the executive building arrangement, for his purposes and purposes, when he presented a short version of his campaign speech, if he was a little tight, he looked healthy.
Trump told viewers “I feel great” before announcing that the pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans, is “disappearing” despite increasing signs of cases in several states.
In an act of contempt or an act of seduction, the authorities had just stepped out of the Rose Garden, exactly two weeks ago holding another big meeting to officially announce the nomination of President Judge Amy Connie Barrett to the Supreme Court. That collection is now a possible COVID-19 superspreader as more than two dozen people in attendance have been infected with the virus.