President Donald Trump's doctor says he can return to "public engagements" on Saturday, just over a week after the president first announced he tested positive for coronavirus.
The White House Doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, also released Trumps Signs of life for the first time since infection showing pulse, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels within normal ranges.
Trump himself has said he is ready to return to rallies immediately. On Saturday, nine days would have passed since Trump publicly announced that he would test positive for COVID-19.
Most scientists believe that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virus shedding continues about 10 days after symptoms start in mild to moderate cases.
Shortly after Conley's memo was released, Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien issued a statement quoting it and asking that the Presidential Debate Commission reverse its decision earlier in the day to hold the presidential debate virtually next week.
President Donald Trump's doctor says he can return to "public engagements" on Saturday, a little over a week after revealing his diagnosis of COVID-19
Stepien, who tested positive for COVID-19 himself last week, said Conley's note confirms that Trump will be ready for public engagement. & # 39;five full days before the originally scheduled Miami debate on October 15th. & # 39;
"So there is no medical reason why the Presidential Debate Commission should move the debate to a virtual environment," he added, referring to the commission's decision earlier in the day.
"The commission must stop protecting Joe Biden from this personal debate and allow the event to continue as agreed months ago," Stepien said, calling it an "obvious attempt to protect Biden from further fire, like he had it two weeks ago. " in Cleveland. & # 39;
The chairman of the Presidential Debate Commission said he was not considering moving the second debate from virtual back to face-to-face despite Stepien's request.
The chairman of the CPD, Frank Fahrenkopf, said late Thursday that the decision of the bipartisan group would not be reversed. That means the second debate is unlikely to happen at all after Trump said he would refuse to participate in a virtual debate.
Fahrenkopf said the group wanted to "protect the health and safety of all concerned" and the decision was led by the Cleveland Clinic council, their health partner for the 2020 debates.
Trump was first diagnosed with COVID-19 last Thursday and relocated to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday before returning to the White House on Monday night.
"Since returning home, his physical examination has remained stable and has no evidence of suspected disease progression," Conley said in a memo released by the White House Thursday evening.
The White House Doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, released Trump's vital signs for the first time since his infection, showing all vital signs within normal ranges
Overall, he responded very well to the treatment with no evidence to investigate adverse therapeutic effects.
"Saturday will be the tenth day since Thursday was diagnosed. Based on the advanced diagnostics conducted by the team, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagement at this point."
The memo showed that Trump's resting heart rate was 69 beats per minute, which is considered a good rate for his age.
His blood pressure of 127/81 mm Hg is slightly higher than normal, but does not qualify as high blood pressure.
How long are COVID-19 patients contagious and what makes them infectious?
By Natalie Rahhal, US health editor
President Trump's doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, first reported having "mild" symptoms of the coronavirus Friday morning, hours after the president announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Despite Wednesday's report that he has no symptoms, Trump is likely still contagious as less than a week has passed since he became ill.
It can take three to 14 days for someone to be exposed to coronavirus before symptoms appear.
The average person develops symptoms within four to five days.
It is now clear that a person can spread coronavirus before they actually show signs of illness.
Most research suggests this can happen between 48 and 72 hours before symptoms start.
A COVID-19 patient becomes infectious to others once the virus has made enough copies to produce a higher viral load. This means that there is a significant enough concentration of the virus genome in its mucus and saliva to potentially spread it.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they sprays droplets into the air, and those droplets can be inhaled by others.
It is extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly how soon someone becomes contagious, when they are at their highest infectivity and when they are no longer contagious.
Many studies suggest that people are most contagious right from the onset of their symptoms. A handful have found that people were actually most contagious in the 48 hours prior to becoming infected, according to Harvard University.
This early infection period is part of why the coronavirus is so difficult to control: people can spread the disease before they know they have it.
And the infection period is long. Most scientists believe that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virus shedding continues about 10 days after symptoms start in mild to moderate cases.
However, some seriously ill people remain contagious for up to 20 days.
Large droplets containing virus, ejected when coronavirus patients cough or sneeze, are still believed to be the primary mode of transmission.
This means that a symptom increases the likelihood that someone will spread the disease.
CDC officials have now confirmed that the virus can also spread in fine particles, and recognized how it can also be transmitted from people without symptoms.
Conley said that Trump's breathing rate was normal and that his blood oxygen levels without supplemental oxygen were 96 to 98 percent, which is well within the normal range.
Oddly enough, the memo didn't include Trump's body temperature. Last week, Trump reportedly set off a fever and his blood oxygen levels dropped alarmingly, leading to his handover to Walter Reed.
The memo also didn't say whether Trump had tested negative for COVID-19.
Earlier Thursday, in his first interview since being diagnosed with COVID, Trump said he was "ready to go" and would have liked to hold a rally "tonight".
"I don't think I'm contagious," he said in a telephone interview with Fox Business Network. “Remember, if you catch it you will get better. And then you are immune. & # 39;
“I am a perfect physical specimen and I am extremely young. I'm lucky that way, ”said the president, who at 74 and obese is in the high-risk category for COVID.
Trump, who returned to the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon after spending four days in the hospital recovering from the coronavirus, said he was ready to hold a rally.
“I'd like to have a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night, ”he said, explaining that he stood back from the crowd so it would be safe.
He initially stated that he was no longer taking any medication to fight the virus, but then said that he continued to take the strong steroid he was prescribed, which he described as a "not heavy" drug.
Some doctors have raised concerns about dexamethasone, which can lead to insomnia, mania, mood swings, and anger. It has shown promise for treating patients with a severe case of COVID-19 who are receiving supplemental oxygen.
Trump's doctors said he has not been given supplemental oxygen since going to the hospital on Friday night.
“I think I hardly take anything. I think I'm done with almost anything, ”Trump said of his medical regime.
Then he said he had been on the dexamethasone "a little longer".
He added, “I think you're doing a little longer – they have a steroid. It's not even, it's not a heavy steroid, but they have this a little longer, but I don't take – I take almost nothing, I feel great. & # 39;
"I hardly take anything," he said of the drug cocktail his medical team had given him.
His treatment regimen included the dexamethasone, an experimental antiviral drug that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals tests to deliver antibodies to help a patient fight the disease, and the antiviral drug Remdesivir.
He said he will be tested again for the virus "soon".
“I will be tested very soon, but I am essentially very clean. They say it's over a period of six to seven days, ”he said.
Trump appeared to offer two ways he contracted the deadly disease – either at an event in the rose garden announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court nomination, or as a celebration for Gold Star families in the white House. Several people from these two events have tested positive for COVID.
"As for the White House, someone came in," he said when asked how he got the disease. "It was a feast day with Notre Dame and so on and so on and someone got in and people got concerned whether it was there or something else."
Barrett visited Notre Dame and the president of the university, Rev. John Jenkins, attended the announcement and later tested positive for COVID.
“I meet a lot of people and I have to – I am the country's president. I can't hang out in a basement. So I figured there would be a chance I could catch it, ”Trump said, using his line of scrimmage against Democratic rival Joe Biden, who complains that he remains in a basement even during the Biden campaigns.
"Sometimes I've been in groups of – for example, Gold Star families I've met," he said, referring to a September 27 at the White House. The chairpersons of the joint chiefs of staff and several senior military officials will be quarantined after attending.
“I didn't mean to stop that,” Trump said.
He said the families – who have lost a member in the service of the land – wanted to hug and kiss him and he let them.
“Sometimes they come only an inch from my face. They want to hug me and they want to kiss me. And they do. And in all honesty, I'm not telling them, "back up," he said, admitting, "it's a dangerous thing I think if you stick with the COVID thing."
He also appeared to cast doubts about wearing a face mask, which doctors say will help contain the disease and slow its spread. He was referring to Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of Virginia, a doctor who wore a face mask in public and caught COVID.
"Look, you've got the governor of Virginia – he's been wearing a mask all along – you've never seen a man without a mask – he's catching her," Trump said.
His interview meant a return to public life for the president. On Wednesday, he tweeted a video from the White House rose garden saying he had been "cured" of COVID by the experimental drug Regeneron – then he set up the drug and promised to make it available to all Americans free of charge.
The president released the statement outdoors Wednesday evening after being out of sight for more than 24 hours after returning from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he was checked in after testing positive for the coronavirus.
He called the disease a "blessing from God".
“I think it was a blessing from God that I caught him. That was a blessing in disguise, "said Trump.
THE FEE OF COVID FROM SCOTUS NOMINEE EVENT
1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50 years old; 3. Br. John Jenkins, 66th President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49th Republican Senator from Utah; 5. Thom Tillis, 60th Republican Senator from North Carolina; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, former adviser to the President of the White House; 7. Chris Christie, 58th Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32nd White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Deputy Press Officer, 10/22 Karoline Leavitt, 23rd Deputy Press Officer. 11. Pastor Greg Laurie, 67th Harvest Crusades televangelist.
* Bill Barr, 70: Self-isolating out of caution.
AT AN EVENT AND ON THE BACK OF THE ROSE GARDEN
12. Hope Hicks, 31st adviser to the President; 13. Bill Stepien, 42nd Trump Campaign Manager; 14. Nicholas Luna, 29th Chief of Oval Office Operations and "Body Man"; 15. Unnamed White House reporter