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 was also infected. Previously Trump’s closest adviser Hope Hicks tested positive.
The US president wrote on Twitter, “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. His personal doctor has also confirmed that Trump will continue to run the office. Sean Conley said in a statement, “You can be assured that I expect the president to continue to perform his duties uninterrupted during his recovery.”
Trump belongs to the risk group
Little is known about Trump’s condition. Apparently he has not shown any symptoms so far, 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.
In addition, Trump has been battling reports that he has had a stroke for months. Experts claim to have detected signs of a neurological condition, such as a stroke, on video recordings. In addition, an unannounced stay at Trump’s hospital fueled rumors in September. His personal physician Conley then wrote that Donald Trump had no stroke and no cardiovascular system disease.
Trump brags about his health
The American president likes to boast about his health. He also wanted to show his health in the election campaign against Hillary Clinton. At the same time, however, he has been fighting obesity for years, also a risk factor for Covid 19’s disease. His former personal physician Ronny Jackson said in an interview with the “New York Times”that he tried everything to make Trump lose 15 pounds, but it didn’t work.
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.
In May, it emerged that Trump said he was using a malaria drug to prevent Covid-19 disease. Since the president is now infected, the “hydroxychloroquine” does not seem to have done much.
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.