This week, some good news came out of the White House when the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, gave an update on US President Donald Trump’s health after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
On October 2, 2020, President Donald Trump tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease along with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. The White House had made sure to keep the country updated on the president’s health since.
On Monday, October 12, 2020, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, took to Twitter, to share a health update from Donald’s physician. The president’s doctor is Sean Conley.
President Donald Trump at a rally on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on September 9, 2015, in Washington, DC. | Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
DONALD TESTS NEGATIVE
The physician wrote in his memo: "In response to your inquiry regarding the President’s most recent COVID-19 tests, I can share with you that he has tested NEGATIVE.” Conley shared how the president had tested negative "on consecutive days."
Donald was tested for COVID-19 with the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card, according to his physician. The antigen card wasn’t the only method used to test the president for the infectious virus.
WHAT HE WAS TESTED WITH
Rapid tests were also used to determine the results but according to “Entertainment Tonight,” they are less accurate than PCR tests. Donald’s viral load, PCR cycle threshold measurements, subgenomic RNA, and the ongoing assessment of his viral culture data all indicated that the virus wasn’t found.
The medical team's final assessment revealed that the president was not infectious to others. On Saturday, Conley sent out another memo revealing for the first time that the president was no longer at risk of transmitting the virus.
HOW DONALD WAS OVER THE WEEKEND
Over the weekend, Conley didn’t say if Donald had tested negative for COVID-19. Last Thursday, both the president and the first lady took to social media to confirm that they’d tested positive for the virus.
In the president’s announcement, he explained that they would be starting to self-quarantine together immediately. He also noted that they were going to be starting their recovery process too.
GETTING THROUGH THIS TOGETHER
Donald and Melania both stated that they would be able to get through the diagnosis together. On the same day, the president also announced that his counselor Hope Hicks had also tested positive for COVID-19.
The pair had traveled together for two days to Minnesota and Ohio. Last Wednesday, Hicks was photographed after Air Force One landed in Cleveland for the presidential debate.
HICKS’ POSITIVE TEST
When Hicks boarded Air Force One last week, she had initially tested negative for the virus. However, as the day went by she started showing some symptoms and when she took another test it came back positive.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is recommended that people who come into contact with positive persons should self-isolate for 14 days. People who work closely with the president get tested frequently.