The New York Times reports:
President Trump, in his first televised interview since he announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, said Friday night that he was “medication free” and back to normal, a week after he was hospitalized after having trouble breathing. “I feel very strong,” he said.
In the interview with Dr. Marc Siegel on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Mr. Trump claimed that he went to Walter National Reed Military Medical Center last Friday because he “didn’t feel strong.”
But the president denied that he had experienced any trouble breathing, despite multiple people close to the White House saying in interviews that he had, in fact, had trouble breathing and that doctors had given him supplemental oxygen at the White House before his transfer to the hospital.
After a commercial break interrupted the faux doctor-patient experience, Siegel briefly turned to the subject of testing. But he inexplicably failed to ask about about the chronology of Trump’s Covid infection and, more specifically, the date of his last negative test, information that the White House has repeatedly stonewalled.
“I heard you said you were going to test again today, have you been retested?” Siegel asked instead. “I have been retested and I haven’t even found out numbers or anything yet,” Trump claimed, notably given no indication of when his last test was. “But I’ve been retested and I know I’m either at the bottom of the scale or free” of the virus.
However almost all Covid tests are of a simple positive-negative nature, and most public health experts agree that even a small viral load would likely indicate continued positivity and the possibility of spreading the infection.