President’s message to nervous nation
Donald Trump has spoken for first time since his COVID-19 diagnosis in a prerecorded address filmed just before he was removed from the White House and taken to Walter Reed Medical Centre.
The President of the United States posted a video message to his Twitter account updating the nation on his and wife Melania's health, describing it as a "precautionary measure".
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"I think I am doing very well but we are going to make sure that things work out," he said.
"The first lady is doing very well."
He went on to thank everyone for the "tremendous support".
US media reported Donald Trump is experiencing cold-like symptoms after announcing both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive to COVID-19 in the early hours of Friday morning, local time.
The President is said to be showing mild symptoms of coronavirus.
He and FLOTUS were tested after being in close contact with special adviser, Hope Hicks, who started showing symptoms of the virus on Wednesday and received a positive diagnosis on Thursday.
The New York Times reported the President had previously seemed "raspy" in public and lethargic after a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club on Thursday, where he came into contact with around 100 people.
He is also said to have fallen asleep on the plane on a flight home from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night.
His treatment plan wasn't clear initially but Mr Trump and the First Lady have now been taken to Walter Reed Medical Centre, a military hospital, to be treated for the virus.
About an hour before the announcement that Mr Trump would go to Walter Reed, White House physician Sean Conley released an update on his condition.
"As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits," Dr Conley said.
"He's being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we'll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.
"First Lady Melania Trump remains well with only a mild cough and headache, and the remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 today."
Dr Conley also specified which medications the President had taken. They included an experimental cocktail of antibodies.
"As a precautionary measure, he received a single eight gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident," he said.
"In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin."
Many flooded The President's video address with well-wishes and expressed concern, especially given Mr Trump is 74 which puts him in the high risk category.
Others appear to show little sympathy.
Mr Trump's election opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, wished the first couple well during a speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan today.
"My wife Jill and I pray they'll make a quick and full recovery," Mr Biden said.
Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020
Originally published as President's message to nervous nation