Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

President Trump is leaving the hospital. He continued to downplay the seriousness of the virus, saying: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

By Jonathan Wolfe

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The president is leaving the hospital

President Trump will leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center this evening, where he has been receiving treatment for Covid-19 since Friday.

He continued to downplay the seriousness of a virus that has killed more than 209,000 people in the United States, tweeting on Monday from the hospital: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician, said that Mr. Trump’s health had improved and that he would be transferred to the White House, where he will continue to receive treatment.

“Over the past 24 hours, the president has continued to improve,” Dr. Conley said. “He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria.” Still, he cautioned that the president “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.”

Based on the accounts of his medical team, the president had a rough weekend. Mr. Trump’s blood oxygen levels dropped twice, and he received supplemental oxygen, which would indicate that his lungs were not functioning properly. He has been taking the steroid dexamethasone, which is reserved for patients with the most serious cases of the coronavirus.

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