I'm a Doctor and Here's Why Trump is at 'Great Risk'

Leo Nissola, MD
·2 min read

Finding out you tested positive for COVID is terrifying for anybody.

President Trump announced this morning that he and The First Lady of the United States tested positive for the new coronavirus. I wish Mr. President Trump, the First Lady, Hope Hicks, and other White House staff, a speedy recovery. I hope that they and others have a swift recovery and don't experience Long COVID.

There is no debate about whether a person who was exposed to COVID should be tested, regardless of symptoms. That said, anyone who had contact with someone who tested positive should self-isolate for at least 14 days. Read on to see what might be on his mind, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Who Is at the Greatest Risk

I have not examined Mr. President and the First Lady of The United States, but evidence shows that Mr. President Trump falls under the clinically obese category, with a Body Mass Index over 30.

Covid rate ratio infographic
Covid rate ratio infographic

Because his BMI is over 30, and he is a 74-year-old male, compared to 18-29-year-olds infected with COVID-19, according to the CDC, he has a five fold chance of requiring hospitalization.

Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older, according to the CDC.

Covid age vs. hospitalization
Covid age vs. hospitalization

Here's What Health Experts Recommend

A recommendation from healthcare experts is to perform swift contact tracing from all people that had contact with anyone that has tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House needs to quickly trace his contacts, test them and quarantine effectively.

What is relevant now is that he is receiving the best care in the world, with access to top notch technology and treatments. Our understanding of the COVID disease and treatment options are greatly improving, and can feel confident that more therapeutics are on the way, as well as a new vaccine.

More than ever, it is important to continue to practice social physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, wear facial masks and staying six feet apart from other people.

All the best to Mr. President, the First Lady and every American who have fallen ill from this terrible virus, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.