Coronavirus: Tested negative, Donald Trump goes back to the countryside and wants to “kiss everyone”.
He enjoyed his day. The U.S. president, who is returning to the campaign, tested negative for Covid-19 “several days in a row” using a rapid test, the White House doctor said Monday. For his first campaign meeting since his infection, in Florida, Donald Trump seemed in great shape, speaking, sometimes shouting, for 65 minutes.
“I got him. Now they’re saying I’m immune. I feel so powerful. I can walk through this crowd (…) hug everybody, kiss the guys and the beautiful women,” the American president launched in front of his supporters, most of them without masks on the tarmac of the Orlando airport.
A quick test
In an unclear statement, Dr. Sean Conley stated that Donald Trump tested negative on a low-sensitivity test, but not on the standard test used daily by hundreds of thousands of Americans, implying that he was still positive on these so-called “PCR” tests.
“In response to your inquiry about the President’s most recent Covid-19 tests, I can inform you that he tested negative for several days in a row using (the test) Abbott BinaxNOW,” Dr. Sean Conley said in a letter released by the White House.
Areas of Concern
These so-called antigenic tests are less sensitive than traditional molecular tests (PCR). According to the President’s physician, who does not specify the days on which the tests were performed, they are not the only indicators that were used to “determine the President’s current negative status.
According to the same source, all the data collected allowed the medical team to conclude “that the President is not contagious. But the White House still refuses to say when the President last tested negative – so it is not known if he was contagious when Joe Biden was first debated.