But many questions about his health remain unanswered. Crucially, Trump and his doctors are still refusing to say when the President last tested negative for the virus, making it difficult to know whether he’s still contagious.
By those guidelines, Trump should still be isolating, not campaigning. But just two days after being discharged from the hospital, he was working in the Oval Office.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q. What does asymptomatic mean?
A: Asymptomatic describes a person who is infected but does not have symptoms. With Covid-19, asymptomatic carriers can still easily infect others without knowing it. So if you’re infected but don’t feel sick, you could still get others very sick.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Why the ‘I don’t need a mask, I’ve tested negative’ excuse is wrong
The tests are not perfect and can show false negatives. People also don’t test positive immediately after getting infected, because it takes a while for the virus to replicate in a person’s body to levels high enough to be picked up by a test. Testing is only one piece of the puzzle and it needs to be coupled with other measures such as masks, social distancing and contact tracing.
Europe reports more cases than the US, Brazil, and India
Even ‘mild’ Covid-19 can be a lengthy, challenging illness
In the hours after Trump confirmed he had Covid-19, his symptoms were described as mild.
Even once he had a fever and a cough, they were still mild. But one of the factors that makes Covid-19 complicated is how quickly it can change.
All coronavirus infections start mild, doctors say, and the majority — about 80% — stay that way.
ON OUR RADAR
- China has officially joined the WHO-led COVAX initiative, which aims to provide worldwide access to effective Covid-19 vaccines.
- Women do better at mask wearing and other measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, research suggests.
- White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted a wedding in Georgia in May that flouted local coronavirus guidelines.
- Pioneering penalty kick taker Antonin Panenka is on ‘life support’ after contracting Covid-19.
- Canadians have been encouraged to stay home as a second wave of Covid-19 worsens.
- Unemployment benefits claims in the US remain four-times the pre-pandemic level.
- This Japanese theme park lets you co-work from the Ferris wheel.
- Desperate Manhattan landlords are offering an average of two months’ free rent.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
- Wet your hands with clean, running water. Then, turn off the tap and soap up your hands.
- Work the soap into a lather by rubbing your hands together.
- Lather soap onto the backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air-dry them.
“If someone had worn a mask somewhere along the line, my parents would probably still be alive.” — John Steenwyk, grocery manager