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5 Oct, 2020 18:41

'I feel better than I did 20 years ago': Trump announces he's ready to leave the hospital Monday evening

'I feel better than I did 20 years ago': Trump announces he's ready to leave the hospital Monday evening

US President Donald Trump has announced he was feeling better and will be leaving the Walter Reed Medical Center after spending the weekend there getting treated for the coronavirus.

“Feeling really good!” Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon, shortly before a press conference by doctors was scheduled to brief the press on his condition, and giving the exact time he would be departing.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump added, praising the “really great drugs and knowledge” developed under his administration.

“I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” 74-year-old president added.

Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for the virus late last Thursday, and were quarantined at the White House. The president took a helicopter to the Bethesda, Maryland hospital on Friday as speculation about his condition mounted. Once there, the White House released photos and video of him working and in good spirits.

On Sunday, the president left the hospital briefly to drive through a throng of supporters that gathered outside, waving at them from the back of an armored SUV while wearing a mask.

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Doctors have so far disclosed that Trump has been treated with an experimental antibody cocktail, supplements that included vitamin D and zinc, as well as the anti-inflammation steroid dexamethasone.

Trump had actually met the discharge requirements the day before, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley told reporters outside the hospital on Monday afternoon.

While the president has been treated according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the particular therapy and schedule make his case a bit of “uncharted territory,” so everyone is interested in how things will proceed, Conley added. 

Conley confirmed that Trump was preventively given oxygen twice over the weekend, but never complained of shortness of breath, cough or muscle pains. As for how the president is feeling now, the doctor said he’s “back to his old self.”

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In addition to the president and the first lady, three Republican senators and several staff – including campaign manager Bill Stepien and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany – have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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