President Donald Trump has several strikes against him that could put him at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus. Trump disclosed late Thursday that he has the virus. (Oct. 2)
DAVID BOULWARE: But based on his age and being a little bit overweight-- or more than a little bit, but-- you know, he's probably at, you know, 20% to 25% risk of going on to develop some sort of severe symptoms, you know, that would be. And typically, what people would be looking for would be shortness of breath or decreased oxygen saturation in the blood, you know, suggestive that people are developing pneumonia or sort of a more severe lung infection.
Overall likelihood, as you know, he may be sick for a week, 10 days, on average. But I think the problem is there's variability. And so some people may be sick for just a couple days. Some people, you know, two to three weeks. Some people go on to become hospitalized.
DAVID BANACH: And when we look at individuals who are in contact with an individual who is known to be infected, we want to look at both the duration that they've been in contact with that individual, as well as the proximity. So we're really looking at prolonged close contact as being the highest risk. And if an individual does meet that criteria, they need to quarantine.
This situation with the president, you know, really brings to the public the importance that we need to maintain our vigilance. We can't let our guard down with COVID-19. If it can affect the White House and the inner circle of the White House, I'm going to bear in mind it can affect any of us.