President Donald Trump tweeted a second video of himself on Sunday afternoon from the Walter Reed Medical Center to update the nation on his progress after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.
Shortly afterwards, the president drove by cheering supporters outside the hospital. He was barely visible in the back of the car, waving from the back seat while wearing a black mask, and giving the crowd a thumbs-up.
“We’re getting great reports from the doctors,” Trump said in a video on Twitter while standing, dressed in a white shirt and navy blue suit. “This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is just absolutely amazing, and I want to thank them all.”
(He also released a video from the hospital on Saturday.)
See Trump’s motorcade outside Walter Reed:
Trump, 74, was moved from the White House to Walter Reed medical center late Friday, the same day that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. His medical regimen highlighted how the president is in a high-risk group for more serious illness from COVID-19.Õ
He appeared upbeat on Sunday evening. “I’ve also gotten to meet some of the soldiers and first responders and what a group,” Trump said. “I also think we’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots we have on the street, and they’ve been out there for a long time.”
Trump suggested he would pay them a visit. “They’ve got Trump flags and they love our country, and I’m not telling anybody but you, but I’m about to make a surprise visit so perhaps I’ll get there before you get to see me,” he added.
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Trump also said he’s learning a lot about COVID-19. “But when I look at the enthusiasm and we’ve had enthusiasm probably like nobody’s ever had,” the president added. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I’ve learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school.”
“This is the real school,” Trump added. “This isn’t 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 be letting you know about it.” He signed off: “In the meantime, we love the USA, and we love what’s happening. Thank you.”
He was given a dose of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s
experimental neutralizing antibody cocktail, in addition to Gilead Sciences Inc.’s
remdesivir. The president also received supplemental oxygen at least once, and dexamethasone, Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said Sunday.
Trump could leave the hospital as early as Monday and continue to receive care at the White House if his condition continues to improve, Conley added.
COVID-19 has now infected 35 million people worldwide
The Dow Jones Industrial Index
the S&P 500
and the Nasdaq Composite
all closed lower Friday in the wake of the president’s diagnosis; the Nasdaq was down 2.2% at day’s end. Doubts about traction for further fiscal stimulus from Washington may be another factor discouraging investors who have been betting on Republicans and Democrats striking a deal to offer additional relief.
As of Sunday, COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,034,865 people worldwide, and 209,749 in the U.S., according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. still has the world’s highest number of COVID-19 cases (7,412,911), just ahead of India (6,549,373) and Brazil (4,906,833). Worldwide, there has been at least 35,011,322 confirmed cases, which mostly does not account for asymptomatic cases.
Several companies in the U.S. and overseas are working on a vaccine. AstraZeneca
, in combination with Oxford University; BioNTech SE
and partner Pfizer
; Johnson & Johnson
; Merck & Co.
; and Sanofi
are among those working to get a vaccine through trials, in the hope one will be read in and/or by 2021.