President Donald Trump has examined negative for the coronavirus “on consecutive days,” a White House doctor mentioned Monday, the first disclosure that Trump has examined negative for the virus since he revealed his analysis earlier this month.
Dr. Sean Conley, in a quick memo shared hours earlier than Trump was scheduled to host a reelection marketing campaign rally in Florida, mentioned that the president’s newest Covid-19 outcomes got here from an antigen take a look at from Abbott Laboratories.
But Conley’s memo famous that a wide range of laboratory information all present the virus is now not lively in the president’s physique.
“Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture date, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication,” Conley wrote.
Conley’s memo didn’t specify on which consecutive days Trump had examined negative. The White House didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
Since Trump introduced on Oct. 2 that he and first girl Melania Trump examined optimistic for the virus, the White House has constantly refused to reply when requested when the president final examined negative earlier than his optimistic analysis.
Knowing when the president final examined negative may present essential details about when he was contaminated and by whom, in addition to whom Trump could have uncovered to the virus whereas he was contagious.
Trump, 74, had flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the identical day he shared his analysis. He stayed there for three days earlier than returning to the White House, the place he remained till Monday night, when he boarded Air Force One for the out of doors rally in Sanford, Florida.
Since Trump tweeted out his optimistic analysis, quite a few White House staffers and others who work there, together with press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and a number of members of the press, have additionally examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Less than per week earlier than his optimistic analysis, the president had gathered a big group of supporters at the White House for the announcement of his newest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Multiple Republican lawmakers who attended that occasion, together with Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, later examined optimistic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News on Friday: “I think the data speaks for themselves. We had a super-spreader event in the White House.”
The president has been desperate to return to the marketing campaign path, the place he has simply over three weeks left earlier than the election in opposition to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who’s presently main Trump in the polls.
The former vice chairman, 77, examined negative for the coronavirus earlier Monday.
Trump has been criticized for holding in-person marketing campaign rallies, a signature part of his successful 2016 marketing campaign. Leading well being specialists, together with these in his personal administration, have mentioned the gatherings are unsafe throughout the pandemic due to the heightened threat of transmission of the virus.
“We know that that is asking for trouble,” Fauci mentioned in a CNN interview on Monday afternoon when requested about the public-health dangers of the rallies.
Trump has lengthy downplayed the menace of the virus and pressured state leaders to elevate their strict social distancing restrictions, partially to revive the U.S. economic system.
Despite the U.S. holding the world-record loss of life toll from Covid-19 — greater than 214,000 deaths — and a current uptick in the variety of circumstances being reported every day, Trump has continued to push for “reopening” the nation.
“Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world,” Trump tweeted Monday night earlier than the rally. “The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Open up your states, Democrat governors. Open up New York. A long battle, but they finally did the right thing!”