‘Don’t be afraid of Covid’ was the message tweeted by US President Donald Trump on Monday just hours before he was discharged from hospital.
The US President was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday after experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, less than 24 hours after testing positive for the virus. There have been conflicting reports over the state of the President’s health through the weekend, however, the President has said he is feeling ‘really good’.
In a tweet, President Trump said;
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! 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!”
In a later tweet, Mr Trump said “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!” – with voting day for the US election now less than a month away.
Telling Americans not to be afraid of the virus has led some to criticise the President, as almost 210,000 people have died from the virus so far in the United States,
Trump left the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Monday evening as a growing number of White House staff have tested positive for COVID-19, including presidential aide Hope Hicks, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and campaign advisor Chris Christie.
Over recent days, it is understood that the President has been treated with an experimental antibody therapy, remdesivir and dexamethasone – a combination of drugs not available to most patients.
The President’s treatment is expected to continue at the White House, though the full details of which have not been disclosed.
White House physician Navy Cdr Sean Conley has said that Mr Trump ‘may not entirely be out of the woods yet’ but that it had been agreed by his medical team that he could return to the White House ‘where he’ll be surrounded by world-class medical care 24/7’.