Sobering news hit the headlines this morning: President of the United States Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.
The President has now been hospitalized at the Walter Reed military hospital and is expected to stay there for a few days. According to CNN, he is being treated with Remdesivir, which is used for severe cases of coronavirus.
The president is considered to be in the high-risk category for complications that arise after contracting the virus. Age and obesity both factor into the reasons why he should exercise caution and avoid public gatherings for a 14 day quarantine period.
Complications of COVID-19 for high-risk patients
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), folks between the ages of 65 to 74 years old fall into one of the highest risk categories for hospitalization and death once infected. This virus has already infiltrated the system and once unleashed it wreaks havoc on your RNA mutating to disastrous effect on your immune system and it’s response.
Older folks are exponentially susceptible to the virus mutating ten-fold as they don’t have the T-cells and higher immune functionality that people aged 18 to 29 years old have intact. Younger folks have a 90% greater chance of full recovery comparatively. Thus, old age is considered an underlying health condition at this point.
In fact, President Trump is 74 years old. At that age, he is 5 times more likely to be hospitalized than his younger counterparts.
Obesity as a high risk underlying condition
Patients who suffer from all the underlying health conditions that go hand in hand with obesity are also at higher risk for hospitalization and death. Let’s go over why that is in this study featured in Nexstar Media Wire this morning.
Obese patients suffering from exposure to the SARS-Cov-2 virus have a higher risk of needing to seek intensive medical care in order to fully recover. Having a higher body mass index alongside the added challenge of fighting to eradicate the virus from their system means obese patients face an uphill battle in regards to full recovery and deadlier side effects that could potentially lie dormant and strike once released from medical care.
“A study of more than 5,200 infected people, including 35% who were obese, found that the chances of hospitalization rose for people with a higher body mass index, even when considering other conditions that could increase their risk.”
According to a physical back in April, CNN reported the president falls into this category.
“According to the CDC, obesity triples the risk of hospitalization from the virus. Based on a physical in April, Trump, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighed 244 pounds, which gives him a BMI of 30.5. That makes him mildly obese.”
How should patients faced with these two dangerous underlying conditions behave after receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19?
There are several ways in which you can protect yourself and your community once you do get a positive test result for COVID-19. Let’s make a list of the things you should do to make a quick recovery and minimize spreading the virus to your friends, constituents, and loved ones.
- Quarantine for 14 days
- Adhere to strict social distancing parameters
- Wear a mask if you need essential items
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink fluids
- Ventilate and sanitize all surfaces and rooms you’ve been in recently
- Alert anyone you’ve been in contact with for contact tracing to contain the spread
- Avoid high traffic densely populated areas where these social distancing guidelines are more difficult to adhere to
- Check your community infection rate at to avoid areas that are infiltrated with positive cases (several states including New York have an application or websites to keep track of infection rates to keep all of us safe in this unprecedented pandemic time)
It is best to avoid over-populated areas with high infection rates altogether. The following high-risk activities and events should be forgone in the coming cooler months and holiday parties and travel restricted significantly. To be on the safe side, everyone should get a flu vaccine this year.
This virus is serious and it does not discriminate in who it affects — it’s absolutely vital to take the necessary precautions once infected or COVID-19 will continue to ravage America well into 2022.