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Trump tests negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, White House doctor says

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally since he was hospitalized for Covid-19, his physician released a memo Monday saying the president had recently tested negative on consecutive days and was no longer contagious.

Trump and the administration have repeatedly dodged questions about when the president last tested negative for the virus. The White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in his memo that a number of measures were used to test Trump and that he had tested negative on antigen tests instead of the more conclusive polymerase chain reaction test. Conley did not say on which days Trump tested negative.

“This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the President is not infectious to others,” Conley said in the memo.

Trump returned to the campaign trail Monday night with a rally in Florida after he

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Trump Tests Negative for Covid-19 on Consecutive Days, White House Physician Says

President Trump taking off his face mask before speaking to supporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday in Washington, D.C.



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President Trump tested negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo released Monday afternoon as Mr. Trump traveled to Florida for his first formal campaign rally since being treated for the virus.

Dr. Conley said tests and other measurements “have informed our medical team’s assessment that the president is not infectious to others.”

The memo didn’t specify when Mr. Trump was tested.

Mr. Trump was tested using

Abbott Laboratories’s

BinaxNOW Covid-19 Ag Card, the memo said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency-use authorization to Abbott Laboratories for a $5 rapid-response Covid-19 antigen test that is roughly the size of a credit card.

“It is important

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