UPDATED Oct. 5, 2:50 p.m. ET: On Monday, Donald Trump told his followers that he will be leaving Walter Reed Medical Center. He tweeted, "Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life."
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"I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I'm going to Walter Reed Hospital," he said in the pre-recorded video. "I think I’m doing very well but we're going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget it. Thank you."
The video comes less than 24 hours after Trump confirmed he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday that the president was "in good spirits" and was experiencing "mild symptoms." Melania will reportedly be at the White House resting as Trump spends several days at Walter Reed.
"[Trump has] been working throughout the day," she said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady."
Though McEnany would not provide details on Trump's condition, sources told the New York Times the president had a low-grade fever, nasal congestion, and a cough, among other symptoms. There is also concern that Trump's age (74) and weight puts him at greater risk of developing a severe case of the virus.
He was reportedly administered an antibody cocktail in addition to supplements like vitamin D, zinc, melatonin, and daily aspirin.
On Saturday, Trump gave another video update on his and Melania's condition from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In the four-minute clip posted to Twitter, he said, "I came here, wasn't feeling so well. I feel much better now. We're working hard to get me all the way back. I have to be back because we still have to make America great again. We've done an awfully good job of that, but we still have steps to go and we have to finish that job. And I'll be back — I think I'll be back soon."
He added the next 48 hours remain critical. "You don't know, over the next period of a few days, I guess that's the real test, so we'll be seeing what happens over those next couple — next couple of days," he said.