Trump Is Leaving Hospital, Says 'Don't Be Afraid of COVID'

Don't let COVID 'dominate your life,' he adds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2020 2:05 PM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2020 2:34 PM CDT
Trump Says He's Leaving Hospital 'Feeling Really Good'
In this image from video, President Trump drives past supporters gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.   (AP Photo/Phillip Crowther)

(Newser) – President Trump says he's leaving the military hospital where he has been treated for three days for symptoms of COVID-19 and will continue his recovery at the White House, the AP reports. Trump tweeted: "I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!" He added: "Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life ... I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" He is expected to make the journey aboard the presidential helicopter, Marine One. Trump’s return comes as the White House is still learning of the scale of the outbreak within the complex. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for the coronavirus Monday morning.

Dr. Sean Conley, the president's physician, told reporters that Trump “may not entirely be out of the woods yet," but he and the team "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." He acknowledged that Trump hasn't yet reached the 7-10 day period after infection when a patient's condition can become critical. Asked about Trump's remarks that people shouldn't be afraid of COVID, Conley said: "I'm not going to get into what the president says." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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