White House doctor says Trump tested negative for coronavirus, is no longer infectious
U.S. President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus on consecutive days and is not infectious to others, his physician said on Monday.
Antigen tests from Abbott were used, along with laboratory data that included viral load, to determine that the president would not be able to spread the coronavirus to others, Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
McEnany released the memo just hours before Trump was to hold his first rally since his diagnosis was made public on October 1. Trump did not wear a mask as he was boarding his flight to the rally in Florida, raising concern that he might infect staffers and journalists surrounding him.
“This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the President is not infectious to others,” Conley said in the memo.
Although his medical team said late last week that the president was safe to resume public activities over the weekend, Monday was the first time the physicians backed up their assessment with testing results. It is still unknown when the president last tested negative before his diagnosis.