US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, announced on October 2 that they tested positive.
The global pandemic has made many of us anxious and now with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, testing positive, fears might be at an all-time high. There are many precautions that we can take to stay safe and wearing a mask is one of them. It's also become crucial to take these measures seriously and keep our distance from people.
The president announced on October 2 that he and his wife, Melania Trump, have tested positive. "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted.
Later, in a video he tweeted, the 45th US president said that he learned a lot more about the disease now. "I learned it by really going to school," Mr. Trump said. "This is the real school, this isn't the 'let's read the books school,' and I get it, I understand it. And it's a very interesting thing and I'm going to be letting you know about it."
There was some confusion over how severely the president is feeling the symptoms as he was taken to the Walter Reed Medical Center. He had only praises for the staff at the hospital. "Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!! Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!" he said.
Previously, his physician, Dr. Sean Conley, the White House doctor, said Mr. Trump had been given dexamethasone on Saturday, according to CBS News. He had also experienced two drops in his oxygen levels. The medicine given to him is meant to improve the condition of patients who have a severe case of COVID-19. It isn't recommended for patients with milder cases.
Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. RELENTLESS! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2ZSat782qe— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 4, 2020
On October 4 evening, the president left the medical center for a drive-by to wave at his supporters gathered there. He was in a black SUV with windows rolled up and Secret Service agents sat in the vehicle wearing masks and other protective gear.
His move came under criticism by many people who claimed that he jeopardized the agents in the car. "This is insanity," Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed and a Trump critic, told CBS News. "Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die."
I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our Country and are seeing how we are MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
"For political theater," the doctor added. "Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater." The doctor is not alone in criticizing the president's actions. Many people took to social media to express themselves on this.
Puts people's lives at risk for a photo op 🙈— gerry (@gerrybhoy007) October 4, 2020
"Again putting himself above the safety of his SS Agents! Terrible!!!! Just a big show!!!" said one Twitter user. "He has active COVID & sealed himself up in a car with at least two other innocent people so he could wave at people outside the hospital. He should be in bed, resting & should not be exposing his staff to COVID. If you say, 'Well they had masks on.', you agree masks work now?" said another Twitter user.
Meanwhile, the White House spokesman Judd Deere said that the president's ride was "cleared by the medical team as safe." "Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the president and all those supporting it, including PPE," Deere said.
Spoke to my father again and he is as optimistic, thankful and strong as he looks and sounds in this message to America !!! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/PJwWksV6vQ— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 4, 2020
Multiple Republican leaders have tested positive and a senior administration official told CNN that the spread likely started at Trump's Rose Garden event announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. However, the White House hasn't asked the CDC for help in contact tracing, as per CBS News.