Coronavirus: Trump leaves hospital, tweets that he’ll be back on campaign trail soon

Bethesda, Md. — President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House Monday night after leaving the military hospital where he has been receiving an unprecedented level of care for Covid-19. He immediately ignited a new controversy by declaring that despite his illness the nation should not fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans — and then he entered the White House without a protective mask.

Trump’s message alarmed infectious disease experts and suggested the president’s own illness had not caused him to rethink his often-cavalier attitude toward the disease, which has also infected the first lady and several White House aides, including new cases revealed on Monday.

Landing at the White House on Marine One, Trump gingerly climbed the South Portico steps, removed his mask and declared, “I feel good.” He gave a double thumbs-up to the departing helicopter from the portico terrace, where

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Trump Says He’ll Begin ‘Quarantine Process’ After Hope Hicks Tests Positive for Coronavirus

[Update: President Trump has tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.]

President Trump said late Thursday on Twitter that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, would begin the “quarantine process” as they await results of coronavirus tests they took after a senior adviser who is often with the couple tested positive.

It was not immediately clear what Mr. Trump meant by the “quarantine process,” and White House officials declined to immediately provide any guidance. As of 11:30 p.m., the president still had a full day of events planned for Friday, including a private fund-raiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida. He was also scheduled to hold a call with “vulnerable seniors” about the coronavirus.

And even if Mr. Trump first tests negative for the virus, the incubation period for it can last nearly two weeks,

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Covid ‘Testing Hell’: Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems

“There’s no mechanism in place for reporting,” said Kim Schilling, the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, which runs a nursing home in rural Iowa. “We were on the phone yesterday trying to figure this out with the department of public health and it was very overwhelming for them too.”

Katie Smith Sloan, the president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said the Trump administration’s focus on fines and stringent reporting requirements were the wrong approach to addressing a crisis that was aggravated by federal inaction in the early months of the pandemic.

“For seven months, nursing homes have been saving and protecting lives while dealing with staffing shortages, testing and personal protective equipment challenges and growing unexpected costs,” she said.

David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, described the federal rapid-test program as “a positive step but late in

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Trump makes fresh health care push, saying he’ll protect sick Americans

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises the possibility Trump could add another conservative justice to the Supreme Court who could provide the decisive vote to strike down the health care law and throw the nation’s health system into disarray.

The second order states that the administration will ban unexpected bills if Congress doesn’t enact a fix by year’s end.

The actions come after the president repeatedly pledged to unveil a comprehensive health care plan and with polls showing Trump badly lagging Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the issue.

Senior administration officials characterized the order on preexisting conditions as setting a national policy, though Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar conceded on a call with reporters that the administration would have to work with Congress to replace the protections if Obamacare is struck down.

Azar pointed to the high cost of Obamacare plans and argued that they

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