According to CNN, President Trump is going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being diagnosed with coronavirus. “Out of caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the President will be working in the President’s offices of Walter Reed for the next few days,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on October 2.
The President first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 early in the morning of October 2, as SELF previously reported. Hours after the announcement, the White House confirmed that the president was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and had received an antibody infusion, while the first lady said on Twitter, “I have mild symptoms but overall feel good.”
Just days before his diagnosis, President Trump stood against former Vice President Joe Biden in the first presidential debate on September 29, in which Trump repeatedly highlighted Biden’s consistent use of face masks. Anyone who took part in the debate had to undergo a COVID-19 test (and get a negative result) before entering the venue, SELF previously explained. However, that doesn’t mean the participants couldn’t test positive later – and may have exposed others to the virus in the meantime.
Trump traveled on in the days following the debate and attended a fundraiser in New Jersey hours before his positive coronavirus test result. On October 2, Biden and his wife Jill tested negative for the virus, as did Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, as SELF previously reported.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, gastrointestinal problems such as nausea and diarrhea, and a loss of taste or smell, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . At 74, Trump has a higher risk of severe coronavirus symptoms and complications. In older adults, this can include hospitalizations, as well as breathing problems that require mechanical ventilation, and additional complications that can lead to death, according to the CDC.
To date, the United States has lost over 200,000 lives to the coronavirus. As Biden mentioned in the first presidential debate, the US accounts for about 4% of the world’s population but 20% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths. A more vigilant and coherent response from the federal government in the crucial first few months of the pandemic would likely have prevented many of these deaths. The president knew the coronavirus was deadly and highly contagious and could airborne itself as early as February, but decided to “downplay” it publicly, SELF previously stated.
While we’re sure Trump is getting the care he needs in the hospital – and hopefully making a full recovery – “long-haul drivers” with COVID-19 are still experiencing the effects of the disease months after getting the virus. Let this serve as a reminder to take coronavirus seriously and take precautionary measures by wearing masks, social distancing yourself, and washing our hands frequently to be safe.