Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump was named after a new memo from his doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, which was released on Saturday night, cleared for returning to an active schedule.
The memo states that Trump met the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria to end isolation, but not that Trump received a negative coronavirus test since testing positive for the virus last week Has. However, according to the CDC, this is not a criterion for removing the insulation.
“I am pleased to be able to inform you this evening that the COVID-PCR sample from this morning not only meets the transmission criteria for safely terminating the isolation, but is also no longer considered a transmission risk for others according to the currently recognized standards”
Conley wrote that 10 days after the onset of symptoms, Trump has been fever-free for “well over 24 hours” and that diagnostic tests have shown that there is “no evidence of active replication of the virus”.
Conley did not fully explain what “advanced diagnostic tests” the president had received. For example, he did not disclose whether something called virus culture was carried out – the process that scientists try to infect living cells to determine if active virus is present.
The latest Conley reveal comes as Trump prepares to return to the campaign path after pausing in the fight against the virus. It will likely raise additional questions about the President’s health as officials continue to make carefully worded statements when the campaign reaches its final stage.
Trump held his first public event since his diagnosis on Saturday, delivering a highly political speech to a crowd of supporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House. Currently, it is planned that he will hold at least three personal rallies in Florida starting Monday in the coming week. Conley says he will continue to monitor Trump “if he returns to an active schedule”.
Officials – including Conley – still haven’t revealed the last time the president tested negative before his test positive last week, which would reveal when and how much he was contagious.
Trump, who left the hospital earlier this week after receiving treatment for the virus, attributed his speedy recovery to his speedy treatment during an interview with Fox News on Friday.
“I think the secret to me was getting there very early,” he told the network’s medical officer, Dr. Marc Siegel.
Trump had immediately received experimental monoclonal antibody therapy at the White House and was then treated with the infused antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone during his hospital stay. He also received supplemental oxygen, Conley previously said.
This story has been updated with additional background information and context.
CNN’s Devan Cole, Shelby Lin Erdman and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.