U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Americans were learning to live with COVID-19, a day after returning from hospital to the White House where he will receive intensive treatment for coronavirus unavailable to most people.
Trump, who spent three days at Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington, was due to receive a fifth transfusion of the antiviral drug remdesivir while being treated with the steroid dexamethasone, normally used in the most severe cases.
The Republican president, running against Democrat Joe Biden in November’s election, has repeatedly played down the disease, which has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide, and promises to restore millions of U.S. jobs lost to lockdowns.
The United States has the world’s highest death toll from the pandemic, with more than 209,000 deaths.
Trump had no public events listed for Tuesday and it was unclear when he would be able to resume a full work schedule of presidential duties or campaigning. He tweeted that he was looking forward to a scheduled second debate with Biden on Oct. 15 next week. He wrote that he was feeling great.