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White House physician Sean Conley speaking with reporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center on Oct. 5. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo released Thursday that he believes President Trump will be able to safely return to public engagements Saturday, or day 10 of the president's coronavirus illness.

Why it matters: The memo disclosed some of the president's vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, but it did not answer open questions regarding Trump's condition, such as his last negative test or whether he sustained lung damage from the virus.

What they're saying: "Since returning home, [Trump's] physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness," Conley said. "Overall, he's responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects. "

  • "Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagements at that time."

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people who tested positive for the virus and experienced symptoms can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

Read the full memo:

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Updated Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has struck the White House — including the president himself — just weeks before the 2020 election.

Why it matters: If the president can get infected, anyone can. And the scramble to figure out the scope of this outbreak is a high-profile, high-stakes microcosm of America's larger failures to contain the virus and to stand up a contact-tracing system that can respond to new cases before they have a chance to become outbreaks.

Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again

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"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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