After President Donald Trump revealed his positive diagnosis for the Cornovirus (Covid-19), a White House physician has said that Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus "on consecutive days".
Dr. Sean Conley confirmed that the president’s latest Covid-19 results came from an antigen test from Abbott Laboratories, only hours before Trump was scheduled to host a reelection campaign rally in Florida.
Conley’s memo stated that all laboratory data shows that the virus is no longer active in the president’s body, however, the memo did not specify on which consecutive days Trump had tested negative.
Conley wrote that; "Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture date, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication."
After Trump made the announcement on October 2 that he and first lady, Melania Trump, tested positive, the White House has refused to answer questions regarding when the president last tested negative before his positive diagnosis.
Any unethical behavior could lead to more people being infected, seeing that knowing when the president last tested negative could provide crucial information about when he was infected and by whom. The information could also help the people whom Trump may have exposed to the virus in the period when he was contagious.
Since Trump tweeted about his positive status, it has been reported that numerous White House staffers and others who work there, including press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany and multiple members of the press, have also tested positive for the virus.
On the same day Trump shared his diagnoses, he had flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he stayed for three days before returning to the White House.
Less than a week before his positive diagnosis, he had gathered a large group of supporters at the White House for the announcement of his latest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Several attendees, such as Multiple Republican lawmakers including Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and former New Jersey Governer Chris Christie, also tested positive after the event.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that "I think the data speaks for themselves. We had a super-spreader event in the White House."
Leading health experts, and Trump’s own administration, said that the in-person campaign rallies and gatherings which he initiated are unsafe during the pandemic because of the heightened risk of transmission of the virus.
"We know that that is asking for trouble," Fauci added.
Trump, however is pressuring the state leaders to lift their strict social distancing restrictions, in part to revive the U.S. economy, despite the U.S. holding the world-record death toll from Covid-19 which is over 214,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Open up your states, Democrat governors. Open up New York. A long battle, but they finally did the right thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
"Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world," Trump tweeted Monday evening, and added "The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Open up your states, Democrat governors. Open up New York. A long battle, but they finally did the right thing!"