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Donald Trump Refuses to Answer if He’s Tested Negative for COVID, Wants to Do Rally This Weekend

President Donald Trump said that he is planning on holding an in-person campaign rally in Florida on Saturday night, despite testing positive for COVID-19 last Thursday night and refusing to say whether he has tested negative since then.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump poses for photos at the White House after removing his face mask following his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized due to COVID-19, in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2020.


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President Donald Trump poses for photos at the White House after removing his face mask following his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized due to COVID-19, in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2020.

Trump made the remarks during a Thursday interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Hannity mentioned comments from Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, who suggested that Trump may be able to safely return to public events by Saturday, before asking the president if he had recently tested negative for the virus.

Trump tossed aside any concerns that he could still be contagious while claiming that he might be able to safely mingle with the public “sooner” than Conley said. He also ignored the question about being tested before announcing that he hopes to hold more than one in-person campaign rally this upcoming weekend.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have enough time to put it together,” Trump said. “We want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night. Might come back and do one in Pennsylvania in the following night. And it’s, uh, incredible what’s going on. I feel so good.”

Hannity then asked Trump for a second time if he had been recently tested for COVID-19, with the president again failing to say whether he tested negative and offering a vague answer instead.

Video: Trump has ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus (Associated Press)

Trump has ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus

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“Well, what we’re doing, probably the test will be tomorrow, the actual test, because there’s no reason to test all the time,” said Trump. “But they found very little infection or virus, if any. I don’t know if they found any, I didn’t go into it greatly with the doctors. We have these great doctors at Walter Reed, and you do rely on them, they’re really fantastic talents.”

‘Get Out There’: Trump Removes Face Mask For Photo Op As He Returns To White House

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Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday night. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Trump that “the most tested man in America” in July, while insisting that the president was tested for the virus “multiple times a day.” However, White House officials have refused to say when Trump last tested negative before his positive result last Thursday night.

During a Fox Business interview hours before his appearance with Hannity, the 74-year-old Trump said that he had rebounded from the virus because he is “a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young.” He also said that he would “love to

Supreme Court refuses to restore abortion pill restrictions, for now

Two of the court’s most conservative justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, dissented, saying the Court should have stayed the lower court ruling and reinstated the restriction on abortion pills.

“Changes in the severity of the problems caused by the COVID–19 pandemic…does not justify the Court’s refusal to rule,” they wrote.

How we got here: At issue is a challenge by medical and advocacy organizations to the FDA rules that require a patient to obtain abortion medication in-person from a provider, though the pill itself — prescribed only for abortions early in pregnancy — can be taken at home. The groups, pointing out that FDA allows higher-risk drugs to be provided through telemedicine, argue the policy is medically unnecessary and puts both patients and providers at risk during the pandemic.

In July, a federal judge in Maryland agreed with the groups and blocked the in-person requirement for the duration of the pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration’s request to keep the restrictions in place while it appealed the Maryland judge’s ruling, prompting the Justice Department in late August to request an emergency stay from the Supreme Court.

Why it matters: Both sides of the abortion debate had been closely watching the case for signals of how the Supreme Court would approach the issue after Ginsburg’s death gave Trump the opportunity to shift the court further right.

In the two years since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench, the Supreme Court had largely avoided abortion cases before Chief Justice John Roberts this summer joined with the court’s liberal wing to strike down Louisiana restrictions on abortion providers. The ruling angered conservatives, though Roberts’ opinion in the case could lay the groundwork for the court to uphold more state restrictions on the procedure. Anti-abortion groups supporting Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court are hoping a 6-3 conservative majority would curtail abortion rights, including the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

What’s next: The justices weighed in only on the injunction, not the merits of the case. It could very well come back to the Supreme Court.

There are more pending lawsuits in the federal courts regarding abortion medication, the most common method of abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The ACLU, which is representing the groups in the challenge to pandemic restrictions, in separate litigation is pushing for the courts to permanently lift FDA restrictions on abortion medication and allow patients to receive the pills through the mail. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion groups have called on FDA to revoke access to the abortion pill entirely.

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Hospital refuses to admit mistakes, even to a doctor

I felt fine afterward, but within hours I developed neck pain with numbness and tingling radiating down my arms. I went to the emergency department (ED) of an elite medical center two days later, telling the staff that I was a neurologist with suspected cervical (neck) spine disease and possible spinal cord and root compression, a condition in my own specialty. I asked to have a cervical MRI scan performed, plus blood studies to detect a possible spine infection, as I’ve had one before.

The spinal consultant tested my reflexes with the side of his hand. When I asked about his reflex hammer he replied that he didn’t have one or need one — even though this is tantamount to evaluating the heart or lungs without a stethoscope.

He initially neglected to examine for the Babinski sign, a classic clinical test, which, if positive, would have strongly suggested spinal cord compression. When I remarked on this failure, he performed the procedure incorrectly. He checked my sensation with his index finger and did not examine other sensations, gait, coordination or hand dexterity.

The MRI showed clear-cut spinal cord compression due to arthritis, and a neck mass behind the spinal canal. It was an abscess — a pus collection — but the hospital’s radiologist read it as a blood clot. The blood studies revealed active infection: marked elevations in inflammatory markers, plus increased white blood cells of the “should be concerned” variety. These obvious and dangerous abnormalities were not pursued and I was not informed of them. I spent six hours in the ED, then was discharged and told to follow up with a spine surgeon within two weeks.

Two days later, I traveled home to Maine and reviewed my medical records online. I recognized the severity and complexity of my problem and went to my hospital, was admitted and underwent urgent spine surgery and long-term intravenous antibiotics. Left untreated, these abnormalities might well have caused a catastrophe: I could have become quadriplegic, unable to move my arms and legs or even breathe on my own. My response to the ED visit cannot be expected of the average patient, who would have been in deep trouble.

While recovering, I sent multiple letters detailing the specifics of my deficient care to the hospital’s chief executive. The hospital’s representatives responded, refusing to admit culpability or apologize for these failures. The spine service supervisor even excused the consultant, stating he “conducted the examination to the best of his ability.”

The lack of recognition of the serious infection went unmentioned in the representatives’ letters.

In view of the multiple serious medical errors committed during my ED visit, I offered to present and discuss my case to emergency and spine service staff. As a career academic neurologist, I thought a physician analyzing his own medical condition in his own specialty, intending to educate, would be an illuminating and teachable moment for medical staff and students and a healing opportunity for me.

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