United States President Donald Trump is hoping to return to the campaign trail just over a week after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Ever since his diagnosis last week, Trump has consistently been downplaying his symptoms, with Sunday marking day nine of his battle with the novel coronavirus. Day nine is typically where patients take a turn for the worse – as was the case with the late Tea Party activist, Herman Caine.
However, Trump, was seen struggling to breathe after returning to the White Hose just three days after his admission to Walter Reed Military Hospital, where he was allegedly put on oxygen at some point. At the age of 74, with Trump’s weight and infamously bad diet, he poses a massive risk in terms of his own health and safety, as well as the staff that are constantly in his presence… and potentially would-be rally attendees. Trump himself feels differently.
“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we have enough time to put it together,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News, as reported by The Hill. “It’s incredible what’s going on. I feel so good.”
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Meanwhile, White House physician, Sean Conley, wrote in a memo that the President should be able to make a “safe return” to rallies on Saturday.
“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness. Overall he’s responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects,” Conley wrote.
However, Trump has not tested negative for COVID-19 yet and could expose staff and Secret Service agents if he is still contagious. Several senior White House aides have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and top aides Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller. However, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that state individuals should remain isolated for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, Trump is eager to return to work. He has been working out of the Oval Office for the last two days.
White House officials have dismissed the notion that Trump could infect rally goers, saying that he will be sufficiently distanced from them to not be a threat.
The United States has had more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19, with over 212,000 deaths, with both figures being the most in the world.