President Trump says he’s not ‘contagious at all’ days after leaving hospital with coronavirus

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U.S. President Donald Trump pulls off his protective face mask as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s not contagious “at all” days after he was discharged from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a brief stay to treat him for Covid-19.

“First of all, I think I’m better. I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night, but I think I’m better to a point that I feel better than I did, I jokingly said, 20 years ago. I feel perfect. There’s nothing wrong,” he told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on a call Thursday morning. “I don’t think I’m contagious at all.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people “with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset.” People with more severe symptoms can remain infectious for longer, it says. 

White House officials said Trump started exhibiting symptoms about a week ago. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday.

The CDC adds that it’s appropriate to discontinue “transmission-based precautions” if at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, 24 hours have passed since last fever and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, have improved.

On Wednesday, Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo that he had been fever-free for more than four days and free of symptoms for over 24 hours. 

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