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President Trump says he isn’t contagious in any respect days after leaving hospital with coronavirus

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was "not at all" contagious after being released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a brief stint to treat him for Covid-19.

"First of all, I think I'm better. I would love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night, but I think I'm better to the point where I feel better than me, jokingly said 20 years ago. I feel perfect. There is nothing wrong, "he told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo when he called on Thursday morning. "I don't think I'm contagious."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people "with mild to moderate COVID-19 will not remain infectious for more than 10 days after symptoms appear". People with more severe symptoms can stay contagious longer, it is said.

White House officials said Trump started showing symptoms about a week ago. He was hospitalized on Friday. Trump's doctor Dr. Sean Conley said the president's oxygen levels fell twice early in the course of the illness and he was given short-term supplemental oxygen.

The CDC adds that if it has been at least 10 days since symptoms appeared, 24 hours had passed since the last fever, and other symptoms such as shortness of breath improved, the CDC adds that it is appropriate to discontinue “transmission-based precautions” in healthcare.

The president was treated with experimental, antibody-based treatment of Regeneron, as well as Gilead's antiviral drug Remdesivir, and dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid. Many doctors say they usually reserve the use of remdesivir and dexamethasone for those who are seriously ill.

On Wednesday, Conley said in a memo that the president had been free of fever for more than four days and had been symptom-free for over 24 hours.

The president on Thursday attributed his seemingly speedy recovery to Regeneron's antibody cocktail, which has not been approved and is not available to most Americans. Though he added, "I would have done well without drugs. You don't need drugs."

Trump previously called the Regeneron treatment "a cure" and asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve its use in an emergency. Regeneron announced late Wednesday that it had filed an application with the FDA for emergency approval.

The president also welcomed a similar drug from Eli Lilly, who announced on Wednesday that it had submitted its application for emergency approval to the FDA.

Regeneron's shares rose nearly 3% and Eli Lilly shares rose about 1.5% at the start of trading on Wednesday.

The president's comments come as the virus rips through the White House. The virus has infected "34 White House employees and other contacts" in the past few days. This is based on an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency received from ABC News.

During the pandemic, the president has repeatedly challenged public health guidelines, such as: B. wearing masks and social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, after the president returned to the White House from hospital, BuzzFeed News pulled its reporter from the White House press pool and said Trump administration staff "mostly did not wear masks" or followed other basic coronavirus protective measures .

Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore health commissioner, said the president's comments were "really incredible."

"Less than a week ago, the president was in a hospital that was being treated for a serious illness," she said in a telephone interview. "It is very likely that he is still shedding viruses."

Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, added that the president appeared to have had a severe case of Covid-19, which means he will likely remain infectious longer than just mildly ill patients.

"By definition, this is not a mild case," she said. "We also know that patients with more severe illness have higher viral loads and can be infectious longer."

She added to the President's comment that he was considering holding a rally: "It's just amazing."

Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the system-wide program for specific pathogens at New York City Health + Hospitals, said that by refusing to quarantine for a reasonable period of time, Trump is demonstrating a "total disregard for public health guidelines."

"This is about the rest of the nation. If [Trumps] is not isolating for the entire period that he is potentially contagious, then why should we as doctors tell other people to do the same," she said in one Telephone interview. "Why should you listen to us if the President of the United States is not sticking to his own public health policies?"

She said the president should isolate for at least ten days, as the CDC guidelines state.

"It's not that these days were picked from a bucket," she said. "They are based on actual information, evidence that we know about this particular disease."

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