Trump’s infection, outlook with COVID-19 and the risk of White House spread [Updated]

US President Donald Trump holds a protective mask during the first US presidential debate hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump holds a protective mask during the first US presidential debate hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

Update 10/2/2020, 5:30pm: Trump is reportedly leaving the White House and going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. In a statement, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”

Update 10/2/2020, 4:45pm: Trump is reportedly experiencing low-grade fever, nasal congestion, and a cough from his coronavirus infection. The White House released a statement from physician Sean Conley, who is treating the president, saying that Trump has received a high dose (8 grams) of an experimental antibody cocktail made by Regeneron. This week, Regeneron issued a press release stating that such high doses of its antibody cocktail appeared to cause virus levels to decrease more quickly in patients who were not hospitalized for their infection. The full data has not been published or released, and the information available so far is not enough to determine if the treatment is effective.

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