In an interview with Fox News Friday morning, Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House Wuhan coronavirus task force, reassured Americans there is no reason to panic over President Trump's contraction of the disease.
Dr. Scott Atlas, a special adviser on coronavirus to President Trump, said Friday he expects the president and first lady to make a “complete, full and rapid recovery” after the two tested positive for COVID-19, adding, “there is zero reason to panic.”
During an exclusive interview with Fox News, Atlas said the novel coronavirus is an infection “that is very difficult to avoid.”
“It is no surprise that people get the infection, even with precautions,” Atlas said. “I anticipate a complete and full and rapid recovery back to normal after his necessary confinement period. I anticipate he’ll be back on the road and in full swing.”
Atlas called the president a “super vigorous man,” adding that he has “never seen anyone with more energy and more vigor, at any age, but particularly at his age.”
“He is a very, very healthy guy,” Atlas said. “And the overwhelming majority of people, even at his age, do fine with this. He is very healthy, and so I anticipate the same for him.”
When asked about the first lady, Atlas also maintained that “she is not a high-risk person at all and I anticipate she will do perfectly well.”
Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gave an update on President Trump's condition and status to the press Friday morning.
"They remain in good spirits, the president does have mild symptoms," Meadows said. "His first question to me this morning is how is the economy doing how are the stimulus talks."
NEW: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says Pres. Trump is "not only in good spirits but very energetic" following this morning's COVID-19 diagnosis.— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2020
"The doctors continue to monitor both his health and the health of the first lady." https://t.co/1AD2fiOTil pic.twitter.com/sIoQaU8CnW
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
President Trump continues to work from quarantine.
Nothing keeps @realDonaldTrump down. He is resting & recovering under his doctors orders, but continues to be focused on the welfare of the American people.— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 2, 2020