U.S. President Donald Trump left Walter Reed Medical Center, where he has spent the past three days being treated for COVID-19 following his announcement early friday about contracting the virus via twitter, and made his way back to the White House, although the president’s doctor warned that he was not yet “out of the woods”.
Trump wearing a mask, walked down the steps of the Hospital unaided on Monday shortly before 7pm, giving a thumbs up to the cameras and stopping only to say “thank you”. He boarded his helicopter, Marine One, to make the short journey back to the White House.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Trump announced on Twitter that he was “feeling really good” and was preparing to leave the hospital. Further adding “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge.
“I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
Donald Trump departs hospital after three days on admission. Doctors warn the president is not yet ‘out of the woods’ as more cases are being diagnosed at the White House.
Dr Conley said “Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations and, most importantly, his clinical status support the president’s safe return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world class medical care, 24/7.”
The president’s departure from Walter Reed came as the virus continued to spread within his inner circle and as the White House struggled to respond to questions about his illness, such as when he contracted the disease and the results of X-rays and scans. Sean Conley, the president’s personal physician, said on Monday afternoon during a briefing that President Trump’s fever had subsided and his oxygen levels had returned to normal, having twice dropped in the last few days.
Asked if Mr Trump’s mental clarity had been affected by the cocktail of drugs he is on, Dr Conley responded, “You’ve seen the videos and other tweets and you’ll see him shortly . . . he’s back.” Mr Trump’s departure from Walter Reed comes despite the fact that his oxygen readings dropped to levels that concerned doctors on two occasions over the past three days. The president has also taken an experimental drug cocktail and remains in the middle of a five-day course of remdesivir, which has not been fully approved by regulators and the FDA.
Dr Conley said the President would take his fifth and final dose of remdesivir at the White House on Tuesday. But he added that doctors remained concerned about the possibility that the President’s condition could deteriorate between days seven and ten of the virus, as has happened to many other patients.