On Friday it was revealed that both President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. While White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that Trump was “feeling mild symptoms” but “energetic” on Friday morning, some health experts are concerned about his infection due to the fact that he falls into the “high risk” category of the virus. “There are certain conditions that increase the risk of severe illness among individuals who have a COVID-19 infection,” Vivek Cherian, MD, a Baltimore based Internal Medicine Physician and member of the American College of Physicians, explains to Eat This, Not That! Health. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
“The president’s age (74) also puts him at a higher risk, as all individuals over the age of 65 fall into this category, regardless of whether they have preexisting health conditions or not,” Dr. Cherian points out. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declares that people between the ages of 65-74 age range are five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have a 90 times greater risk of death from Covid-19 compared to young adults between the ages of 18-29.
President Trump’s gender alone puts him at greater risk. According to the CDC, men are more likely to suffer a severe COVID-19 infection, be hospitalized, and die from the virus, than women.
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Per Dr. Cherian and the CDC, obesity is one of the key risk factors of COVID-19. According to his most recent BMI, President Trump is considered clinically obese. In June, his physical revealed that he weighed 244 pounds with a height of 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a BMI of 30.5, which is considered mildly obese. The CDC maintains that this risk factor makes someone three times as likely to be hospitalized with the virus.
Fortunately, for Trump, there are many other risk factors he doesn’t have. “Other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease also increase a person’s risk,” explains Dr. Cherian. “However, per the president’s doctors he has never been diagnosed with any of these conditions.” And, according to Trump, he doesn’t drink or smoke, “which also are risk factors for a severe infection.”
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Do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.