US President Donald Trump has tested negative for Covid-19 “several days in a row” using a rapid test, the White House doctor said on Monday.
“In response to your request about the President’s most recent Covid-19 tests, I can inform you that he has tested negative for several days in a row using (the) Abbott BinaxNOW,” said Dr Sean Conley in a letter made public by the White House.
These so-called antigenic tests are generally less sensitive than traditional molecular tests (PCR).
According to the president’s doctor, who does not specify the days when the tests were carried out, these were not the only indicators that were used to “determine the president’s current negative status”.
Still according to the same source, all the data collected allowed the medical team to come to the conclusion “that the president is not contagious”.
This brief statement was issued when the president was on board his Air Force One plane to fly to Florida, where he was to participate in a campaign rally.