Published: 2020-10-13 10:33
Last Updated: 2020-10-13 14:05
US President Donald Trump, who announced twelve days ago that he was infected with COVID-19, has now tested negative for the virus, said White House doctor Sean Conley Monday.
"In response to your question about the recent COVID-19 tests that the president underwent, I can inform you that the result was negative over a period of consecutive days, using the Abbott BinaxNOW (test)," said Conley, in a letter published by the White House.
The doctor explained that the president's recovery from COVID-19 was determined based on several factors and not only on the results of the rapid examination.
In turn, Trump hosted his first rally since testing positive Oct. 1. Still down in the polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, Trump used his experience with the deadly virus not to change his largely laissez faire stance towards COVID-19, but to instead reinforce the rhetoric that the coronavirus is but a small, nonthreatening sickness.
“I'll just give everybody a big, fat kiss,” Trump said, speaking to his recovery and apparent lack of caution towards social distance guidelines, which he teased opponent Joe Biden for continuing to abide by.
Many supporters at the rally did not wear masks.
The United States leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, with over eight million Americans infected and 220,000 dead.