As the U.S. death toll from coronavirus neared 210,000, President Donald Trump announced on Oct. 2 that he and his wife Melania had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The disclosure came in a tweet issued at 12:54 a.m.
At 244 pounds, Trump, 74, is considered slightly obese, putting him in a higher-risk category for the disease. Since his announcement, White House officials issued conflicting statements about the president's health during his stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Here's a day-by-day account:
Day 1: Friday, Oct. 2
Late Friday morning, Trump is diagnosed with a high fever and an oxygen blood saturation level of less than 94%. Normal levels are 95% to 100%. Trump is given supplemental oxygen. White House physician Sean Conley releases these details to the public, but not until Sunday.
At 6:31 p.m., Trump tweets an 18-second video in which he announces he's going to the Walter Reed medical center. "I think I'm doing very well but we're going to make sure that things work out," he says. "The first lady is doing very well."
Trump traveled to Walter Reed in Marine One helicopter
The president is given an experimental antibody cocktail, a combination of two antibodies designed to attack a specific protein of the coronavirus. He also takes his first dose of remdesivir, an antiviral drug.
At 11:31 p.m., he tweets "Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!"
Day 2: Saturday, Oct. 3
At Walter Reed, Trump's oxygen level falls again. He is given dexamethasone, a steroid used to reduce inflammation, and a second dose of remdesivir.
Map of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Conley, in the Sunday news conference, says he doesn't know if Trump received another round of supplemental oxygen on Saturday.
Conley says on Saturday that Trump is doing "very well." However, Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, tells reporters that Trump's vital signs were "very concerning." He says the next 48 hours will be critical.
At 1:19 p.m., Trump praises Walter Reed medical staff in a tweet and says "With their help, I am feeling well!"
At 6:51 p.m., Trump tweets a four-minute video in which he says "I'll be back, I think I'll be back soon...I'm doing well. I think we're going to have a very good result."
Day 3: Sunday, Oct. 4
On Sunday morning, Conley said the president is improving.
At 5:16 p.m., Trump announces on Twitter that "I'm about to make a little surprise visit" to dozens of supporters outside Walter Reed hospital.
He then unexpectedly leaves the hospital in a motorcade and waves to people from inside a Secret Service SUV. Medical experts criticize the president for putting security personnel at risk for infection.
Trump receives a third dose of remdesivir.
What we know about the Trump SUV motorcade
Day 4: Monday, Oct. 5
At 10:45 a.m., Melania Trump tweets "I am feeling good and will continue to rest at 真人百家家乐官网网站home."
At 2:37 p.m., Trump tweets "I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life."
At a 3 p.m. news conference, medical officials say Trump has continued to improve and confirm he will be released. "Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet," Conley says, the president will be surrounded by world-class medical care 24-7.
Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a pulmonary physician, says Trump will get a fourth dose of remdesivir before leaving Walter Reed and a fifth dose at the White House on Tuesday evening.
"There is no evidence of live virus still present that he could possibly transmit to others," Conley says.
The president returns to the White House shortly before 7 p.m. It is not known if Trump would confine himself to the White House residence or work out of the West Wing, where other staffers have reported testing positive for coronavirus.
Floor plan of West Wing of the White House
Day 5: Tuesday, Oct. 6
The president "continues to do extremely well" according to a note released by Conley on Oct. 6. "He had a restful first night at 真人百家家乐官网网站home, and today he reports no symptoms."
Trump’s appearance at a Make America Great Again event in Flagstaff, Arizona, is canceled and no other public events are scheduled. It is still unclear whether Trump is isolated in the White House residence or working from the West Wing.
Twitter flags a morning Trump tweet – this one comparing COVID-19 to the flu – as misleading and possibly hurtful information, but keeps the tweet publicly accessible.
Later in the day, Trump tweets he is halting negotiations between administration officials and House Democrats for the coronavirus relief bill. That evening, the president says he wants the House and Senate to approve aid for the struggling airline industry and small businesses. He tweets his support for stimulus checks.
Day 6: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Trump has no events scheduled Wednesday. Shortly after 2 p.m., the White House releases a medical update from Conley that says the president had “now been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization.”
Conley also says medical tests showed the presence of antibodies the human body uses to fight the coronavirus.
The president remains active on Twitter, with many of his posts aimed at the election. Twitter flags, but does not remove, one of his tweets that says Democratic-run ballot systems are corrupt. Twitter directs viewers to a Twitter fact-checking site that says voting by mail is legal and safe.
Day 7: Thursday, Oct. 8
Trump says he will not participate in the next presidential debate with Biden, a virtual town hall scheduled for Oct. 15. "I'm not going to waste my time in a virtual debate," Trump says in a Fox Business interview Thursday morning. His campaign team suggests the second debate be delayed until Oct. 22.
Conley issues his third medical update on the president late Thursday, saying Trump's "physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness" and that he anticipated Trump's "safe return to public engagements" on Saturday, the 10th day since the initial diagnosis.
The president is active on Twitter, tweeting mostly about the upcoming election and political rivals. He releases two videos, one touting his improvements for the military, the other on the coronavirus, promising medicine on an expedited basis.
Day 8: Friday, Oct. 9
Speaking by phone with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business, Trump says, “There’s nothing wrong. I had a case, I got it knocked out. I don’t think I’m contagious at all.”
The president's claim is met with skepticism by some medical officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who says the announcement is premature.
Trump says he plans to address an outdoor rally at the White House on Saturday. He also says he'll travel to an evening rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.
The president tweets audio clips of some of his conversation with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Day 9: Saturday, Oct. 10
In his fourth medical update, Conley says Trump is able to end isolation and "is no longer considered a transmission risk to others." The president's physician says 10 days have passed since symptoms became apparent and that Trump has been free of fever for more than 24 hours.
Conley says Trump will continue to be monitored as he returns to his normal schedule.
The president later greets several hundred supporters on the White House South Lawn. Trump speaks from a balcony for about 18 minutes and tells the crowd “I’m feeling great,” and that the coronavirus pandemic was “disappearing."
Day 10: Sunday, Oct. 11
Twitter flags a morning tweet by Trump in which the president says he is now immune from COVID-19. "A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it."
Twitter says the tweet violates rules about "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19," but allows it to remain in the public interest.
On Fox News, Trump says he is ready to resume campaigning. “I’m immune,” Trump says. “The president is in very good shape to fight the battles.” However, the president does not say whether he has tested negative for coronavirus.
Day 11: Monday, Oct. 12
As the nation's focus shifts to Supreme Court hearings on nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the president prepare for his evening rally in Sanford, Florida. Trump is returning to the campaign as polls show he has fallen farther behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
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