How Trump’s ‘COVID-19 joy ride’ was a disaster says US doc

US President Donald Trump’s decision to step out of the hospital where he is being treated for the dreaded coronavirus has come under severe criticism from experts who feel he has – while trying to project strength – may have unnecessarily put both hospital staff members and Secret Service agents tasked for his security at risk.

Hospitalised for COVID-19 treatment last Friday, Trump received supplemental oxygen on Saturday and is being treated with a powerful steroids amid indications that his lungs may have suffered some damage on account of the virus attack.

Posting a one-minute video on Twitter, Trump said, “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about Covid. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the let’s-read-the-books school. And I get it. And I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing and I’m going to be letting you know about it.”

In the video, which was posted before stepped out of the hospital, also said he had planned a little “surprise” for the “patriots” waiting outside without giving out details.

He made an unannounced exit from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center early Sunday evening climbing into his armored vehicle to ride past supporters holding Trump flags outside the building.

Wearing a suit jacket and face mask, Trump waved at the crowd through a closed window as his motorcade slowly moved past before returning him to the hospital.

Medical experts are however seeing red and say this “reckless” behaviour has put lives of scores of others at risk.

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr James P Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed tweeted. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

 White House spokesperson Judd Deere however said President Trump’s trip outside the hospital “was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.” He added that precautions were taken, including using personal protective equipment, to protect Trump as well as White House officials and Secret Service agents.

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