Despite the criticisms hurled against him for his rather unacceptable behavior towards the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), United States President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Tuesday after spending only three nights at a military hospital in Maryland.
People who recover from Covid-19 are usually advised to stay in isolation for at least 14 days.
However, Trump trooped back to the White House and even told his countrymen “to get out there” and not fear Covid-19. He even removed his surgical mask to pose for pictures.
“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” Trump said in a recorded video message. “We’re going back, we’re going back to work. We’re going to be out front. … Don’t let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful.”
The medical staff at Walter Reed said Trump did not have a fever in more than 72 hours and his oxygen levels are normal.
Trump, a Republican president, is running for reelection against Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 US election. He was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday after he exhibited symptoms caused by Covid-19 like fever and fatigue.
On Monday, Trump was slammed for defying safety measures by greeting his supporters outside of Walter Reed while onboard a bullet-proof SUV, a clear violation of government rules requiring patients stricken with the virus to isolate. Such a move could also endanger the lives of the Secret Service personnel assigned to him.
“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” said James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University.
“They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” he added.
Television personality Zeke Emanuel, also the chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and regular TV pundit, described Trump’s going out of the hospital as “shameful,” calling it a “PR stunt.”