More than 20 people have been diagnosed in the White House, Trump’s campaign team and related personnel, and many of them have participated in the nomination ceremony of the Supreme Court justices held in the White House on September 26. According to the photos of the scene that day, the guests were sitting very close and most of them did not wear masks. With the increase in the number of confirmed cases, this event is increasingly considered to be a “super spreading incident.”
At about 6 pm on October 5th, local time, US President Trump was officially discharged from the hospital and returned to the White House three days after he was diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia. He posted a video on Twitter saying he feels good right now, and emphasized that “don’t let the new crown dominate your life” and “the new crown vaccine will be available soon.” Trump also said that perhaps he is “immune.”
Compared to 18 years younger than himself, British Prime Minister Johnson, who was also diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia earlier this year, 74-year-old Trump not only failed to transfer the presidential power after the diagnosis, but was discharged from hospital in just three days, planning to work while working. receive treatment.
The Associated Press reported on October 5 that Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician in the White House, said on the same day that Trump “may not be completely out of danger,” but he has met the criteria for discharge. Trump has now received the third dose of the remdesivir five-dose treatment plan. When Sean Conley provided other details, he did not explain the results of Trump’s lung scan, nor did he disclose details of Trump’s quarantine restrictions and whether Trump is still contagious.
Regarding the changes in Trump’s condition, there are still doubts, and all parties have made conflicting statements in the past few days. At present, Trump’s true condition and when he will heal after being discharged from the hospital are all topics of special concern.
Confusing information about Trump’s condition
Trump’s diagnosis of the new crown virus has aroused great attention from the outside world. However, during this period, different White House officials made different statements about his health, making it impossible for the outside world to accurately know the severity of Trump’s illness.
In the early morning of October 2, local time, Trump announced on Twitter that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for the new crown virus and said that he would immediately enter the “isolation and rehabilitation process.” According to a CNN report on the 2nd, Trump developed fever and other “mild symptoms” and felt “extremely tired” on the morning of the 2nd, and then received initial treatment at the White House. At 6 pm that day, Trump was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Walter Reed) for further treatment.
Sean Conley said in a statement that day that the president had injected a single dose of 8 grams of an experimental antibody drug developed by Regeneron on the 2nd for treatment, that is, an “antibody cocktail”. therapy”. This therapy has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but some British experts believe that the therapy is “very promising.” In addition, Trump also received treatment with the antiviral drug Remdesivir, which is considered to be one of the most effective drugs for the treatment of the new coronavirus, and the FDA has issued emergency use authorization to Remdesivir.
On the 3rd, Sean Conley said that Trump’s symptoms have eased. But a few minutes later, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters that Trump’s state in the past 24 hours was “very worrying” and that the next 48 hours is a critical period for treatment.
According to Reuters, Meadows requested that his identity not be exposed when he made the above statement to reporters. However, after the news was published, Meadows changed his statement and said that Trump was in “very good condition” and that “the doctors treated him well.” The vital signs are very satisfied.”
Reuters quoted a Trump adviser who requested anonymity as saying that Trump was dissatisfied with Meadows’ initial remarks.
On October 4, Trump’s medical team stated that Trump’s condition “continuously improves.” According to Sean Conley, the president transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment on the 2nd because his symptoms “rapidly developed” from the evening of the 1st to the morning of the 2nd, with a high fever and hypoxia, and blood oxygen dropped to 94%. Following, on the 3rd, Trump’s blood oxygen saturation dropped for the second time. In response to the two drops in blood oxygen saturation, the doctor gave Trump the steroid anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone.
Earlier, Sean Conley told reporters that Trump had not experienced breathing difficulties, had not received oxygen after arriving at the hospital, and had not had a fever for 24 hours.
It is reported that the pharmacology of dexamethasone is to suppress the body’s immune system and calm the fatal overreaction that may occur when the body’s immune system resists invading viruses. It is only suitable for critically ill patients who are hospitalized and need oxygen or ventilator, and is not effective for patients with mild symptoms.
“This situation is very strange, the doctors said this, the White House source said that, and both sides revised their statements after the fact.” University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondik told the BBC.
The American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) pointed out that the White House’s lack of transparency on the president’s diagnosis has made people feel increasingly uneasy and confused. Last week, Trump’s female assistant, Hope Hicks, was exposed to the new crown after the media disclosed the news.
Staying in the hospital, don’t forget to “bring your presence”
Trump did not forget to interact frequently with the American people and his supporters during his hospitalization.
On the 2nd day after he was diagnosed with the new crown virus, Trump posted a video on Twitter saying “Thank you for your great support”, “I think I am fine now, and we will make sure everything goes smoothly.”
On October 3, Trump once again released a new video of 4 minutes and 2 seconds. He said that he is in good condition, but the next few days will be a “real test.” In the video, Trump is wearing a suit jacket and white shirt, without a tie. He expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also said that he believes he can come back soon and return to the race track.
Later on October 3, Trump’s daughter Ivanka posted a photo of her father wearing a white shirt working in the presidential suite at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, with the text “Nothing can stop him from working for the American people.” “.
On October 4, Trump took a special car to leave the medical center briefly, drove around nearby, and greeted supporters outside the hospital. Trump said it was to give supporters “a small surprise”, but this move was questioned as putting his staff in danger.
On October 5th, Trump tweeted 25 tweets in one breath, encouraging voters to vote for him.
“Super Spreading Event”
Since Trump was diagnosed with the new crown virus, many people who have been in contact with him have also tested positive for the new crown virus. According to CCTV News, as of October 4, more than 20 people in the White House, Trump’s campaign team and related personnel have been diagnosed, and many of them have participated in the summit held at the White House on September 26. The nomination ceremony of the judge of the court.
The US political news website Politico reported that, according to live photos of the day, the guests were sitting very close and most of them did not wear masks. With the increase in the number of confirmed cases, this event is increasingly considered to be a “super spreading incident.”
According to the US media, those who have tested positive for the new crown virus and attended the nomination ceremony of the Supreme Court last week include the Trumps, Trump’s adviser Hicks, former adviser Conway, and University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, and Senator Tom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina.
Those who did not participate in the nomination ceremony but who had been in close contact with Trump recently and were diagnosed with the infection include Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stephen, Republican National Committee Chairman Ronald McDaniel, and former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie , White House aide Nick Luna, and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson. In addition, at least three reporters stationed in the White House have tested positive for the new crown.
According to Bloomberg News, among those who participated in the first debate of the presidential election, at least 11 staff members were also diagnosed with the new crown virus.
On October 5, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (Kayleigh McEnany) and his two assistants were also confirmed to be infected with the new crown virus. US media said McNerney was at least the 11th person who had been in close contact with Trump and diagnosed, and the number may increase further.
The White House medical department said that it is currently tracking close contacts to determine who else is infected with the new crown virus.
But the BBC pointed out that the White House seems to be very slow in tracking the transmission chain. Many people who attended the same public event as Trump said that the US health authorities have still not contacted them. Some White House staff said they had not received instructions and did not know if they should self-isolate.