The Trump physician says the president is now not seen as a transmission danger for others


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, USA on October 10, 2020. Trump, who appeared publicly for the first time since returning from a three-day hospital stay for Covid-19, sets the stage for a return to the campaign path, even if questions remain as to whether he is still contagious.

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Less than two weeks after President Donald Trump announced he tested positive for Covid-19, the president's doctor said Trump is no longer viewed as a transmission risk and no longer needs to self-isolate.

"Now, on the tenth day after symptoms appeared, well over 24 hours fever-free and all symptoms improved, the various advanced diagnostic tests show that there is no longer any evidence of active replication of the virus," said Dr. Sean Conley in a memo. "In the future, I will continue to monitor him clinically when he returns to an active schedule."

Conley added that Trump had shown "decreasing viral loads". Viral load refers to how much virus is present in a patient's sample, be it blood or – in the case of Covid-19 – secretions collected during a deep nasal swab.

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Conley didn't say whether the president recently took a Covid-19 test or what treatment Trump is currently undergoing, if any.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with a moderate or severe case of the coronavirus can remain infectious for up to 20 days or more after a positive test and should isolate themselves during that time.

On the previous Saturday, Trump had held his first public event at the White House since he was diagnosed with the coronavirus and hospitalized.

Hundreds of guests entered the South Lawn when Trump spoke briefly from a balcony. Participants were not tested for Covid-19 and social distancing was not enforced. The guests did not have to wear face masks.

"It's going away," Trump said of the coronavirus, downplaying his own experience with the virus and not mentioning that he had been given oxygen and steroid treatment.

"I want you to know that our nation is going to defeat this terrible China virus," added Trump. "We're making powerful therapies and drugs and we're healing the sick. We're going to recover and the vaccine will come out very, very quickly."

According to NBC News, more than 215,000 Americans have died from the virus and nearly 7.8 million have been infected.

– Lauren Egan contributed to this report.


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