Conley said that the results of Trump’s Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, the president took Saturday morning, meet the “currently recognized standards” for him to no longer be considered a health risk to others.
“Now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever-free for well over 24 hours and all symptoms improved, the assortment of advanced diagnostic tests obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus,” Conley said in a statement on Saturday evening.
JUST IN: Dr. Sean Conley says Trump “is no longer considered a transmission risk to others” based on a PCR test conducted this morning pic.twitter.com/zWiLvaLCRb
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Trump will continue to be “clinically” monitored as he resumes his public duties, Conley noted.
The doctor’s assessment comes shortly after Trump addressed a “peaceful protest” in support of law enforcement from the White House balcony – within a safe distance from the protesters gathered underneath.
During what became his first public appearance after being discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Center, where he was treated for Covid-19, Trump sought to assure his supporters that he was “feeling great.”
Earlier, the White House confirmed that Trump would jump back on the campaign trail with a rally at the Orlando Sanford International Airport in central Florida on Monday. Trump touted the event as a “very BIG RALLY” to the disdain of his critics, warning that it can potentially turn into a “super- spreader event.”
Trump tested positive for the virus on Thursday last week, and was transported to Walter Reed on Friday. He spent four days at the facility, where he was treated with an experimental drug cocktail and was given oxygen several times.
Since leaving the hospital on Monday, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he has never felt better before. While his illness might have been short-lived, it has disrupted the debate schedule, with The US Commission on Presidential Debates insisting the second round, initially scheduled for October 15, to be held virtually. After Trump refused to participate in an online event, arguing he should face off with Democratic candidate Joe Biden in person, the commission cancelled the second debate altogether on Friday, prompting the Trump campaign to accuse it of bias in favor of the former VP, who did not mind the online format.
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