Trump taken to Walter Reed hospital for coronavirus treatment

US President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday for a stay that was expected to last several days, a move the White House said was made out of extra caution after he tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and experienced symptoms.

Earlier the White House announced that Trump and his wife, Melania tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump was experiencing fatigue, and the first lady was coughing with a headache on Friday, the White House doctor said, describing the physical impacts of a White House coronavirus outbreak that has upended the US capital and disrupted American politics one month before a presidential election.

Trump, who is 74, began taking a cocktail of drugs as a “precautionary measure,” according to doctor Sean Conley, who provided only limited information about Trump’s condition or the reasons for his extended stay at Walter Reed.

 “In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” Conley said in a White House memo Friday afternoon, describing Trump as “fatigued but in good spirits.”

Conley said Trump received an 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail via “infusion without incident.”

Besides Trump, Melania and top adviser Hope Hicks, several other people who had been to the White House in recent days reported positive tests Friday, raising the prospect that the West Wing had become an epicenter of community spread for the deadly virus.

Source: Washington Post