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Trump returns to work after battle with COVID

President Trump returned to the White House Monday night and resumed work Tuesday while still receiving treatment for COVID-19 (https://www.npr.org/sections/latest-updates-trump-covid-19-results/2020/10/06/920742781/still-undergoing-covid-19-treatment-trump-claims-hell-be-ready-to-debate-next-we). Trump said he intends on participating in the second presidential debate, tweeting out, "I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!" In the meantime Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will debate on October 7th, albeit with additional precautions including plexiglass dividers.


The COVID outbreak within the White House was first reported on October 1 when it was announcement that Trump aide Hope Hicks had tested positive. Not long after that the President tweeted that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had also tested positive. The following day Trump was taken by helicopter to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment. On October 3rd Trump sent out a video giving an update on his condition. While at the hospital the President was given various treatments including remdesivir and dexamethasone. Trump returned to the White House Monday evening after being fever free for over 72 hours. He will continue to be monitored over the next week, but his physicians are optimistic about his marked improvement.


Several White House staffers have also tested positive for COVID including campaign manager Bill Stepien, assistant to the President Nicholas Luna, and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Tuesday also saw the Pentagon Joint Chiefs go into quarantine after one of the Coast Guard officers tested positive. Many have been critical of the administration's response, arguing that the President has not taken the pandemic seriously. They have pointed to this most recent outbreak as a sign that the White House cannot control the spread even among its own people. That being said, Trump's recovery has


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