Here’s what doctors say about Trump’s motorcade in front of Walter Reed to greet supporters
President Donald Trump drove cheering to supporters in a Sunday night motorcade, waving from the backseat while wearing a black mask and giving a thumbs up to the crowd – but medical professionals, including a attending physician Walter Reed Medical Center, were quick to criticize. moving.
“We get great reports from doctors,” Trump said in a previous video on Twitter TWTR,
standing and looking optimistic. “It’s an amazing hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is just amazing and I want to thank them all.
Trump, 74, was transferred from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday evening, the same day he and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus. His medical regime has highlighted how the president is part of a group at high risk for more serious illness from COVID-19.
“Everyone in the vehicle during this totally unnecessary presidential drive-by must now be quarantined for 14 days.
Fox News reporter Lou Dobbs tweeted his support for the president, if not for his decision to leave the hospital. “I must love our president! A bad patient, but a great leader, ”Dobbs wrote.
James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, speculated to CNN that Trump is likely concerned about optics, especially since he is in the middle of an election campaign. “Hopefully that dovetails with his rate of improvement,” he said.
However, James Phillips, a doctor of emergency medicine at George Washington University who is also an attending physician to Walter Reed, tweeted his dismay at the president leaving his hospital room to greet supporters in his procession.
“Every person in the vehicle during this totally unnecessary presidential drive-by must be quarantined for 14 days,” he said. “They could get sick. They can die. For political theater. Ordered by Trump to put their lives in danger for the theater. This is madness.
Phillips added in a subsequent tweet, “This Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of transmitting COVID19 indoors is as high as it is outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the secret service forced to play.
Jonathan Reiner, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at George Washington University Hospital and professor of medicine at GWU Medical Center, also expressed concern about the president’s departure from the hospital in light of his condition.
“In the hospital, when we come into close contact with a Covid patient, we dress with full PPE: gown, gloves, N95, eye protection, hat. It is the height of irresponsibility, ”he said.
Trump received a dose of REGN from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
cocktail of experimental neutralizing antibodies, in addition to GILD from Gilead Sciences Inc.,
The president has also been given supplemental oxygen at least once, and dexamethasone, Trump doctor Dr Sean Conley said on Sunday. Dexamethasone is a common steroid that has been shown in clinical trials in the UK to reduce mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients.
“I must love our president! A bad patient, but a great leader.
Asked by a reporter at a press conference outside Walter Reed on Sunday why he seemed to downplay aspects of the president’s condition, Conley replied, “That’s a good question. So I was trying to reflect the optimistic attitude that the team, the president, had during his illness. I didn’t want to give out any information that might point the course of the disease in another direction and in doing so it turned out that we are trying to hide something, which was not necessarily true.
He added: “The point is, he’s doing very well. … He responds, and as the team said, if everything continues to go well, we’ll start planning for the White House return. “
Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid that has been considered a treatment only for critically ill COVID-19 patients.
“Corticosteroids also appear to be associated with benefit in critically ill patients with COVID-19, whether they receive mechanical ventilation or oxygen without mechanical ventilation,” the researchers wrote in a September editorial in JAMA. .
Still, Trump appeared optimistic in his video Twitter address on Sunday night. Observers said this could indeed be an indication of his improved condition, or a temporary boost in energy from the steroids he received. Healthcare professionals warn of the pernicious nature of COVID-19, which they say is unpredictable and can leave the patient feeling one day, but much worse the next.
See Trump’s procession in front of Walter Reed:
For his part, the president said he wanted to show his gratitude to his supporters. “I was also able to meet some of the soldiers and first responders, and what group,” Trump said in his video statement on Sunday. “I also think we’re going to give a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have on the streets, and they’ve been there for a long time.
“They have Trump flags and they love our country, and I’m not telling anyone but you, but I’m about to make a surprise visit so maybe I’ll get there before you see me. “, he added .
Also on Sunday, Trump said he was learning a lot about COVID-19 while at Walter Reed. “It was a very interesting trip. I have learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by actually going to school, ”he said. “This is the real school. It’s not the “let’s read the book” school, and I get it and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing and I’m going to let you know.
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COVID-19 has now infected 35 million people worldwide
As of Monday, COVID-19 had killed at least 1,037,122 people worldwide and 209,725 in the United States, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world (7,418,107), just ahead of India (6,623,815) and Brazil (4,915,289). Globally, there have been at least 35,163,114 confirmed cases, a figure that generally does not account for asymptomatic cases.
Several companies in the United States and abroad are working on a vaccine. AstraZeneca
, in combination with the University of Oxford; BioNTech SE BNTX,
and partner Pfizer PFE,
; GlaxoSmithKline GSK,
; Johnson & Johnson JNJ,
; Merck & Co. MERK,
; Moderna MRNA,
; and Sanofi SAN,
are among those working to get a vaccine through testing, with hopes that it will be ready in 2021 and / or 2021.
The Dow Jones Industrial Index DJIA,
the S&P 500 SPX,
and the Nasdaq Composite COMP,
all rose at the start of Monday’s deal as investors tracked Trump’s response to COVID-19 treatment after his hospitalization and weighed the prospects of a deal on another round of stimulus.