'Don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it,' President Trump says about coronavirus

President sounds message of cautious optimism about beating virus after returning from hospital.

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President Trump on October 5, 2020
President Trump on October 5, 2020
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Updated: October 5, 2020 - 11:16pm

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President Trump on Monday night released a new video message in which he urged Americans to be cautious but not fear the coronavirus or allow it to consume their lives.

"I just left Walter Reed Medical Center and it's really something very special, the doctors, the nurses, the first responders, and I learned so much about coronavirus," the president said. "And one thing that's for certain: Don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it. You're gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently."

"I went, I didn't feel so good. And two days ago, I could've left two days ago. Two days ago I felt great, like better than I have in a long time. I said just recently, better than 20 years ago," Trump said.

"I stood out front. I led. Nobody that's a leader would not do what I did. And I know there's a risk, there's a danger, but that's ok. And now I'm better, and maybe I'm immune, I don't know. But don't let it dominate your lives. Get out there. Be careful. We have the best medicines in the world and it all happened very shortly and they're all getting approved. And the vaccines are coming momentarily," the president said.

President Trump on Monday evening departed Walter Reed Medical Center, where he had been staying since Friday evening, and returned to the White House. 

Earlier on Monday the president announced that he would be leaving the medical facility and he urged people not to fear the coronavirus.

"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" the president tweeted.

 

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