Trump has ‘no COVID symptoms’ as military leaders quarantine after being exposed to virus

Donald Trump has “had a restful first night at home” and has reported no symptoms of COVID-19 today, his White House doctor has said.

Dr Sean Conley said in a statement the president’s “vital signs and physical exam remain stable.

“Overall he continues to do extremely well,” Dr Conley said, adding that his oxygen saturation level, a key indicator in treating the disease, is 95-97%.

Dr Conley's update on the president's health
Image:Dr Conley’s update on the president’s health
Timeline of Donald Trump's treatment for COVID-19

Timeline of Donald Trump’s treatment for COVID-19

The illness has also affected US military top brass.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday US military service chiefs and other top military leaders were in quarantine after the US Coast Guard said its No. 2 official tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

So far, there are at least 16 cases among White House staff and recent visitors to the complex, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Hope Hicks, a counsellor to the president, the first staffer to test positive.

Vice President Mike Pence, however, is still unaffected.

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Mr Pence “has remained healthy, without any COVID-19 symptoms,” and his daily tests for the illness have all been negative, White House physician, Dr Jesse Schonau said in a statement.

Several journalists covering the White House have also tested positive.

A memo from @Mike_Pence’s physician this morning: pic.twitter.com/ntk9jy10LM

— Katie Miller (@VPComDir) October 6, 2020

Mr Trump, who tweeted that he was “feeling really good!” on Monday, spent three nights in hospital at the Walter Reed Medical Centre.

Mr Trump– who is still infectious – appeared to be breathless upon his return to the White House.

He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday evening, a day after one of the president’s closest advisers, Ms Hicks, had displayed symptoms of the virus and later tested positive.

US President Donald Trump points to former communications director Hope Hicks shortly before making his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn and departing from the White House on March 29, 2018
Image:US President Donald Trump and aide, Hope Hicks

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Donald Trump has encouraged people not to let the coronavirus dominate their lives

Shortly after his return, the US president released two videos, telling Americans to “get out there” and “don’t be afraid” of COVID-19 – despite the more than 210,000 coronavirus-related deaths recorded so far in the US.

“We’re going back to work, we’re going to be out front… I know there is a risk, there is a danger, but that’s ok,” he said.

Kayleigh McEnany reads out statement from Donald Trump on the media and NASCAR
Image:Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has also caught COVID-19

And, with less than a month until the election on 3 November, he added that he was “looking forward” to the next presidential debate against his Democratic rival Joe Biden on 15 October in Miami.

Ms McEnany said on Tuesday the rise in COVID-19 cases at the White House is not disrupting the functioning of the administration, even as US media reported two more members of the administration have tested positive for the disease.

One of Mr Trump’s valets, an active member of the US military who travelled with the president last week, is one of them, Bloomberg News said on Twitter, quoting anonymous sources.

NBC, Bloomberg and CNN also reported that a military aide to the president has COVID-19.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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