Donald Trump has always downplayed the coronavirus, now he himself is infected. What do we know about the general health of the 74-year-old US president?
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On January 21 of this year, US President Donald Trump said about the coronavirus: “We have it completely under control. It’s about a person who is from China. Everything will be fine.” About nine months later, Trump himself was infected with the virus. First Lady Melania is also ill. Previously Trump’s closest adviser Hope Hicks tested positive.
The US President wrote on Twitter, “We will immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We will get through this together!” His personal doctor has also confirmed that Trump will continue to run the office. In a statement, Sean Conley stated, “You can be assured that I expect the president to continue to perform his duties uninterrupted during his recovery.”
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We’ll get through this TOGETHER!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Trump belongs to the risk group
But what is known about Donald Trump’s condition so far? So far he has apparently shown no symptoms, as did the first lady. She wrote on Twitter, “We’re fine.” However, the course of the disease can get worse. Trump is 74 years old and belongs to the high-risk group. According to the Robert Koch Institute, almost nine out of ten patients who died with Covid-19 (86 percent) are 70 years of age or older. The American president falls into this age group.
A White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “The president takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works for him and the American people very seriously.” However, Trump had repeatedly downplayed the virus, he does not usually wear mouth and nose protection in public.
The corona pandemic is still out of control in the US. More than 7.2 million infections have been detected since the start of the pandemic. More than 207,000 people died.