Dr. Sean Conley, White House physician, speaks during a press conference outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Dr. Conley said the president is "doing very well" and his condition is improving while being treated at the U.S. military hospital near Washington for Covid-19.
Enlarge / Dr. Sean Conley, White Home doctor, speaks throughout a press convention exterior of Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Middle in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Dr. Conley stated the president is “doing very properly” and his situation is enhancing whereas being handled on the U.S. navy hospital close to Washington for Covid-19.

In a brief briefing Saturday morning, White Home doctor Sean Conley raised extra questions than solutions with regard to President Donald Trump’s situation and the course of his an infection with the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

Although Conley opened the briefing by saying that Trump is doing “very properly,” the physician was evasive when requested about primary medical care questions, akin to if the president has obtained supplemental oxygen at any level, how excessive his fever has been, and when he final examined unfavorable for the virus.

Conley additionally made the startling revelation that Trump first examined optimistic for the coronavirus 72 hours earlier.

“Simply 72 hours into the analysis now. The primary week of COVID—and particularly day seven to 10—are essentially the most important in figuring out the possible course of this sickness,” Conley stated in a gap assertion. “Right now, the crew and I are extraordinarily proud of the progress the President has made.”

Additional, Johns Hopkins’ doctor Brian Garibaldi, an professional in important care of extreme lung infections and member of the crew caring for the president, stated that Trump obtained an experimental antibody remedy “about 48 hours in the past.”

Disputed timeline

This considerably conflicts with the present identified timeline of Trump’s an infection. The nation first realized of Trump’s an infection within the wee hours of Friday morning, when Trump himself tweeted that he had examined optimistic Thursday evening. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I examined optimistic for COVID-19. We are going to start our quarantine and restoration course of instantly,” he tweeted at round 1am EDT Friday.

Nonetheless, if Conley is appropriate and the president was recognized about 72 hours in the past from the time of right now’s briefing, that might put his analysis round mid-day Wednesday. And if Dr. Garibaldi is appropriate and he obtained an experiment therapy round 48 hours in the past, that might put his therapy at about mid-day Thursday.

White Home officers have since tried to walk back this timeline, saying it was a mistake. In an announcement launched after the briefing, Conley wrote that “The President was first recognized with COVID-19 on the night of Thursday, October 1st and had obtained Regeron’s[sic] antibody cocktail on Friday, October 2nd,” referring to the experimental antibody therapy by Regeneron Prescribed drugs. Nonetheless, it’s arduous to imagine that two main docs treating the president might have misspoken in regards to the course of his an infection and the timing of his therapies.

This all raises vital questions on transparency across the president’s well being and whether or not correct precautions have been adopted to forestall him from spreading his an infection to others.

Viral unfold

On Wednesday, the president had traveled to a rally in Minnesota and on Thursday attended a fundraiser in New Jersey, at which he reportedly got here involved with about 100 individuals. And, in line with earlier studies from shut aides, the president was already experiencing signs on Wednesday, suggesting that he was extremely infectious at the moment.

Given his onset of signs on Wednesday, it’s additionally extremely possible that Trump was infectious throughout Tuesday’s presidential debate. On Friday, debate moderator Chris Wallace revealed that Trump had, in reality, not been examined upon arrival on the occasion as was required. As an alternative, Trump reportedly arrived too late to be examined and occasion organizers relied on an “honor system” that he had examined unfavorable.

Since Trump’s optimistic check was revealed early Friday, a slew of others in Trump’s sphere have additionally revealed optimistic exams—many of whom attended a White House Rose Garden event celebrating Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court docket, Amy Coney Barrett, final Saturday, September 26. The record consists of former advisor Kellyanne Conway, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and a White Home reporter. That’s as well as the President Trump himself and the primary woman. In all, greater than 100 individuals gathered for the occasion, shut collectively, some indoors in addition to outdoor, and plenty of didn’t put on masks.


The rising cluster of instances linked to the White Home has raised questions in regards to the testing protocols there, which depend on a speedy check known as Abbott ID Now. This specific check has lengthy been identified to offer inaccurate outcomes; some early information suggests it could determine as much as 48 % of optimistic samples as unfavorable. Furthermore, the check was not meant to detect infections earlier than signs develop—although contaminated individuals can simply unfold the virus within the few days earlier than they discover signs.

Regardless of these vital issues, the White Home has relied on this testing to regulate unfold and been lenient on extra strong well being measures, akin to bodily distancing and mask-wearing.

Essentially the most vital danger of spreading this virus is thru extended contact, typically outlined as two individuals being inside 6 toes for quarter-hour or extra. Nonetheless, researchers suspect that transmission can happen at longer distances when individuals are in crowded and/or small indoor areas with poor air flow.

Anybody who has doubtlessly been uncovered to the virus—on the White Home or in any other case—ought to quarantine and be examined. However specialists stress that even when a check comes again unfavorable rapidly—as we noticed on Friday with the Bidens and a few White Home workers—it doesn’t imply that an individual has not been contaminated. It might merely be too quickly after an publicity for a check to detect the virus and an an infection will develop in a matter of days. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends that uncovered individuals proceed to quarantine even after a unfavorable check to make sure that they don’t develop an an infection later and unfold the virus additional.


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