President Donald Trump told the nation to “get out there” and not be afraid of COVID-19 as he returned to the White House on Monday after spending three days at the hospital, and removed his mask to pose for photos.
Trump said he was feeling “real good” when asked how he felt on returning from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.
He received medical care unavailable to most people, including three powerful medicines and an airlift to and from the hospital. Doctors treated him with a steroid, dexamethasone, that is normally used only in the most severe cases.
He still has to undergo a five-day course of an intravenous antiviral drug, remdesivir, and will have to isolate himself.
“Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life,” the president had tweeted earlier, announcing his release.
In a recorded video message, he said “We’re going back, we’re going back to work. We’re going to be out front. … Don’t let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful.”
His message and photo without a mask has been heavily criticised since Trump has downplayed the diseases and its effects despite it having killed more than a million people worldwide.