President Trump received mostly the same treatment as anyone would get for COVID-19, except for one experimental drug and the speed of his care.


President Donald Trump has returned to the Oval Office, breaking quarantine despite recommendations from his doctors that he remain in the White House residence.

Trump, whose first signs of symptoms came a week ago, returned to the Oval Office on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that COVID-19 patients quarantine for at least 10 days after the first sign of symptoms.

Trump — who appeared to have a relatively severe case of COVID-19, requiring supplemental oxygen and taking intravenous drugs — may even need to quarantine for longer, as the CDC says that patients with severe cases “likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset.”

That said, Trump shows no signs of slowing down. He repudiated the Commission on Presidential Debates’ decision to move the second presidential debate to a virtual format, calling it a “joke.” He said he will not be participating. There will be the possibility, however, that an event will be held on Monday in Pittsburgh, an aide told USA TODAY.

Some significant developments:

  • Second Lady Karen Pence is being criticized for not wearing a mask when she greeted her husband on stage at Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.
  • The head of the White House security office is gravely ill with COVID-19 and has been hospitalized since September.
  • Protesters gathered for a second night in New York on Wednesday in defiance of new shutdown orders in some of the city’s neighborhoods that have seen concerning spikes in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has reported more than 7.5 million cases and more than 211,000 deaths. Eleven states set records for new cases over the just-ended seven-day period while three states had a record number of deaths. The world has seen over 36 million cases and over 1 million people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

📰 What we’re reading: As winter approaches, restaurants in locations with colder weather nationwide are envisioning new ways to keep outdoor dining open. That means you may end up dining in a heated tent, or better yet, an “igloo.”

🗺️ Mapping coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak, state by state.

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6 accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

The federal government has charged six people with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to newly unsealed court records. The FBI became aware early in 2020, through social media, that a militia group was “discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components,” and “agreed to take violent action,” according to a sworn affidavit. The group met for field exercises and training this year, the affidavit alleges. Discussions included using 200 men to “storm” the Capitol Building in