President Trump Transferred to Walter Reed Presidential Suite
President Donald Trump has been transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of COVID-19.
The POTUS announced via Twitter late Thursday night that he and First Lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The announcement came about three hours after Trump tweeted that senior White House counselor Hope Hicks had tested positive as well.
The Associated Press spoke with an official who said the president will spend a "few days" at Walter Reed's Presidential Suite, which is equipped to allow the president to continue working while undergoing treatment.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that Trump is experiencing mild symptoms, is in good spirits, and has continued to work. The transfer to Walter Reed was recommended as a precaution by Trump's physician and medical experts. In the event that the president becomes unable to perform his duties while undergoing treatment, Vice President Mike Pence will temporarily assume those responsibilities. Pence has tested negative for the virus, as has Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Trump's physician, Sean Conley, reports that the president has received an experimental drug called REGN-COV2, which contains two COVID-19 antibodies. The drug, manufactured by Regeneron, is currently in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA. According to NPR, preliminary test results indicate that the drug improved symptoms and reduced the presence of the virus in some patients whose bodies did not produce their own antibodies.
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