October 5 Trump Covid-19 news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Steve George, Nick Thompson, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 2:57 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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10:43 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Regeneron president says "not appropriate" to comment about when White House asked for experimental treatment 

From CNN's Naomi Thomas and Jen Christensen


Dr. George Yancopoulos, founding scientist, president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron, said that it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on when the White House got in touch to ask for the experimental Covid-19 treatment President Trump received.  

Yancopoulos said on CNN on Monday that as physician scientists, they respect patient privacy and in doing so, leave questions like this to the patient and their direct physicians.

“It’s not appropriate for us to be commenting on things like that,” Yancopoulos said. 

When asked if they had heard from the President’s team over the weekend, Yancopoulos said they hear the same thing about the President as everyone else. 

“What we hear is very much, I think, what you’ve been hearing,” Yancopoulos said. “That he’s been doing exceedingly well, and that they’re very optimistic.” 

Remember: The White House confirmed doctors gave President Trump a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s experimental antibody therapy to treat Covid-19.

Regeneron, a New York-based biotech company, confirmed that it provided the drug in what’s commonly known as a “compassionate use” request from the President’s physicians.

The therapy is known as REGN-COV2; the company calls it a “cocktail” of two monoclonal antibodies.

Polyclonal antibodies are made using several different immune cells, while monoclonal antibodies are made using identical immune cells that are clones of a specific parent cell. 

To make its monoclonal antibody therapy, Regeneron scientists selected two antibodies that best neutralized a version of the novel coronavirus in the lab. They then cloned these antibodies and put it into a treatment. Regeneron is using two antibodies since they think it will work best as the virus mutates.

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10:08 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Fauci says he doesn’t want to comment on Trump’s Sunday SUV ride

From CNN’s Naomi Thomas

President Donald Trump waves to supporters outside Walter Reed medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4.
President Donald Trump waves to supporters outside Walter Reed medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, said on CNN Monday that period from when someone is able to spread the coronavirus to when they show symptoms varies from person to person, and the general guideline is that it’s safe for a person to go out 10 days after they developed symptoms.

But Fauci declined to comment about President Trump’s SUV ride on Sunday, a few days after Trump developed symptoms. 

Fauci said that there have been studies that tried to isolate the virus when people are in the disease state or recovering and they don’t have it. 

He said the period when someone is contagious is “usually before they get symptomatic and for a few days thereafter."

“The general guidelines are when is it safe for a person to go out from the time they get symptoms is probably around 10 days from the onset of symptoms –– you usually have no virus and in the studies that have been done, those people generally are not at all infective to other people,” Fauci told CNN’s John Berman.  

When asked by Berman about the President riding in an SUV on Sunday about four days after he reportedly showed symptoms, Fauci responded, “I don’t want to really go there, John, and comment on that.”

10:05 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Fauci: There has been nothing like "the intensity that we're experiencing" with Covid-19

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN's "New Day" on October 5.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN's "New Day" on October 5. CNN

The nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has worked on a number of outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika virus. Even though every outbreak has been intense, he says, there has been “nothing to the intensity that we're experiencing now” and that what’s different this time is “a very divisive society.”

“The issue that's a bit different here now … is that we're living in such a very divisive society right now, not only in the United States but even globally, that's very charged politically,” he told CNN Monday.

“You always have a degree of that when you have outbreaks as we've been in the past but nothing to the intensity that we're experiencing now with Covid-19," Fauci said.

Basing decisions and actions on science is critical, he said.

“Make sure you stay on that path because otherwise things don't work out right,” he added.

9:53 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

New Jersey governor calls for federal cooperation on contact tracing following a Trump fundraiser event

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on CNN's "New Day" on October 5.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on CNN's "New Day" on October 5. CNN

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is calling for federal cooperation as authorities continue to contact trace after President Trump’s big-dollar fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club Thursday night despite the President and staff knowing he had been exposed to coronavirus.

“We're taking the lead. We got on it immediately, both at the state level and the local level. But, you know, we need cooperation from the feds,” he told CNN Monday. “Remember, the staff all live in New Jersey even though the attendees were from around the country.”

“We need everybody to punch at their weight here,” he added.

The President announced he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus roughly eight hours after leaving the fundraiser, when he was back at the White House.

Murphy also emphasized the need for everyone at the Trump event to self-quarantine.

“Please, god, if you know you're exposed to someone who is Covid-positive, you need to quarantine,” he said. “I don't want to be the grinch here but that’s the way we have got to deal with this virus.”

“This borders on reckless in terms of exposing people not just in New Jersey, but looks like from folks around the country, who have now scattered by the way,” he added.

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9:41 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

US stocks open higher after doctors say Trump may be discharged today

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

Wall Street opened higher on Monday after President Trump’s doctors said he might be released from the hospital today. 

That said, there’s still a lot of room for volatility. Aside from the President’s health, hopes for a new round of fiscal stimulus and uncertainty surrounding the election in four weeks are keeping investors on their toes.

Here's how things looked at the opening bell:

  • The Dow opened 0.8%, or 207 points, higher.
  • The S&P 500 rose 0.7%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite opened up 0.8%.
11:28 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Fauci says everyone at the Rose Garden event should "absolutely" be contacted by contact tracers

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN's "New Day" on October 5.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN's "New Day" on October 5. CNN

Dr. Anthony Fauci said everyone who was at the White House Rose Garden event should “absolutely” be contacted by contact tracers.

Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on New Day on Monday, Fauci said he is not involved in the contact tracing efforts underway.

“I don't know what the process of the contact tracing is that's going on at the White House,” he said. “In general, the CDC is very much involved with the local authority.”

Berman said he was surprised to hear that New York Times reporter Michael Shear – who did not attend the event, but was at the White House that Saturday, traveled on Air Force One that night, and has now tested positive for Covid-19 – has not been contacted for contact tracing. “Yes, absolutely,” Fauci replied.

Though Fauci wouldn’t comment specifically about the contact tracing efforts, he did say, “But the one thing we do know is that when you get cases, if you have a situation where someone comes into contact and is infected, and you know that there are people around him, that it the important public health measure is to do the identification, isolation and contact tracing.”

Fauci said the goal is “so that you can get people who have been exposed, to go into the appropriate quarantine, get tested and do the things that are very clearly delineated in the CDC guidelines.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that New York Times reporter Michael Shear attended the Rose Garden event. Shear did not attend the event, but was at the White House that Saturday. 

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9:14 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Trump was demanding to return to the White House Sunday, sources say

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump was demanding to go back to the White House on Sunday, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN.

“He is done with the hospital,” one of the sources said of Trump’s mood yesterday.

Trump is concerned the sight of him being hospitalized “makes him look weak,” the other source said.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said earlier this morning that a determination by Trump's doctors as to whether the President would return to the White House would be made later today.

9:46 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Trump's campaign rocked by Covid-19 in final stretch to Election Day

From CNN's Bradner and Ryan Nobles

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside Walter Reed medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside Walter Reed medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Trump's campaign has been thrown into chaos, adjusting its tactics, messaging and work environment following Trump and a number of top aides and political allies' positive tests for coronavirus.

Trump is in the hospital. His campaign manager, Bill Stepien, and the Republican National Committee chair, Ronna McDaniel, contracted the virus. All of the campaign's planned rallies and fundraisers featuring the President and his family are on hold. And Trump's ability to debate Democratic rival Joe Biden again is uncertain.

Trailing Biden with one month left in the 2020 race, Trump is now stuck in a position he's spent months trying to avoid: Faced with an election that is all about the coronavirus pandemic, with no way to change the topic.

Biden meanwhile has committed to getting tested more frequently as he continues in-person campaigning in the final month before Election Day. He is campaigning in Miami today, delivering remarks at 4 p.m. ET focused on the economy and the Hispanic community. 

With ballots already available in 35 states and voting beginning in the swing states of Arizona, Iowa, New Hampshire and Ohio within the next week, millions of votes could be cast with Trump sick with a virus he has downplayed for months.

The next time Trump and Biden are scheduled to meet in person for a debate is October 15, for a town hall-style event in Miami. But it's unclear now whether Trump will be physically able to participate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is already preparing to make a change that is effectively a rebuke of Trump, whose guests declined a Cleveland Clinic doctor's request that they wear masks at the first debate on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the matter said the commission will announce that everyone in the debate halls, except the candidates and moderator, must remained masked until conclusion — and those not wearing masks will be escorted out.

9:13 a.m. ET, October 5, 2020

Fauci says he has not been involved in Trump's care

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN this morning that he has not been involved in the care of President Trump and declined to comment on the status of his condition following the President's Covid-19 diagnosis Friday.

"I have not been involved, but again, I don't want to get into talking about the President's case because that's not something that I really have been cleared to talk about but personally, I have not been involved in the direct care of the President," Fauci said.

Fauci praised the physicians that have been treating Trump at Walter Reed medical center, saying he is getting "optimal care."

"I might comment that my colleagues that I know, including Sean Conley, are very good physicians and very qualified so I am really confident that the President of the United States is it getting the optimal care that you can get with the team over at Walter Reed," Fauci said.

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