Trump, Voting, Layoffs: Your Monday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
By Victoria Shannon and Judith Levitt
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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. President Trump to Americans: “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”
Mr. Trump announced that he would leave the hospital this evening and urged others to have no fear and not to let the virus “dominate your life.” He made no mention of the 209,000 Americans who have died from the virus.
His doctors said that he met or exceeded all discharge criteria, but that he would be watched and treated this week by a team at the White House. “Feeling really good!” the president tweeted, three days after he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Above, Dr. Sean Conley, Mr. Trump’s physician, briefing reporters today.
The announcement was a drastic turn of events given that a day earlier, his medical team had presented mixed messages about his condition. The doctors said Mr. Trump had received a third dose of the antiviral drug remdesivir and continued to take dexamethasone, a steroid drug normally reserved for patients who were very sick with Covid-19.
Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, became the latest in the president’s inner circle to announce that she had tested positive for the virus. At least three White House correspondents have also been infected.
Here’s what experts say about when an infectious patient wants to leave the hospital.
2. Joe Biden hit the campaign trail in Florida, urging Americans not to minimize the threat posed by the coronavirus.
“I hope the president’s recovery is swift and successful, but the nation’s Covid crisis is far, far from over,” Mr. Biden said in the Miami neighborhood Little Havana.
Polls showed no signs of a sympathy bounce for Mr. Trump, and they found that most Americans did not think that the president took the virus seriously. Here’s our daily poll tracker.
Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative for the virus, was not quarantining. He was scheduled to travel to Utah ahead of Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate.
3. “It’s going to be hell no matter what.”
That’s Eric Hawes, a Republican in Erie, Pa., whose father-in-law, a die-hard Democrat, shares his unease about the election in November and its aftermath.
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