UPDATE: 9:30 am, Eastern Time
Sean P. Conley, DO, the President's Doctor, made a statement yesterday that President Trump is fine at Walter Reed Medical Center. The President's press secretary issued a tweet yesterday evening with the statement: "Tonight I am pleased to announce that the President is doing very well. He does not need additional oxygen, but in consultation with specialists that we have initiated . " Remdisevir therapy. He's completed his first dose and is comfortably resting. "
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UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
President Trump was inducted into the Walter Reed Medical Center. Before leaving, he posted a Twitter video stating that he was fine but his doctors recommended that he be taken to the hospital.
UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
News reports suggest that President Trump will be heading to Walter Reed Medical Center in the next few hours. He has had a fever since this morning.
UPDATE: 2 p.m. Eastern time
Former Vice President Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19. Concerns about infection revolved around the Cleveland debate on Tuesday night. Shared the news on Twitter, Mr Biden: "I'm happy to announce that Jill and I have tested COVID negative. Thank you everyone for your worrying news. I hope this is a reminder: wear a mask." , keep social distance and wash your hands. ”His run mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff also tested negative this morning.
An end to the pandemic? Not for the trumps.
On October 1, President Donald J. Trump said the end of the pandemic was in sight. Maybe for others, but not for him.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The president made the announcement in a tweet just before 1 a.m. on Friday.
"Tonight @Flotus and I tested positive for COVID-19," wrote the president, who flaunted many of his government's recommendations for avoiding the virus, including wearing face masks. “We will start the quarantine and recovery process immediately. We'll get through this TOGETHER! "
Shortly after the tweet, Sean P. Conley, the president's doctor, wrote in a letter to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany that Trump and his wife “are doing fine during this period and plan to stay at the White House during this time to stay her recovery. "
The announcement came just hours after Bloomberg News reported that Hope Hicks, a close adviser to the president who was in close contact with him, had contracted the novel coronavirus. She was part of the President's inner circle who flew with him on Air Force One to Cleveland to debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that Hicks was quarantined on the return flight because she felt sick.
Biden is expected to be tested for the virus today. As of Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen tested negative for COVID.
On Wednesday, the president's advisors became concerned because Bloomberg said he was looking exhausted and inappropriate. They took it off his heavy campaign itinerary until he was tired.
The president has three main risk factors that make him vulnerable to a more serious case of the virus – age, gender, and weight. At 74, the president is in a pool with a higher risk of serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention, "People in their 60s and 70s are generally at greater risk of developing serious illnesses" and that "8 in 10 COVID 19 deaths in the US have occurred in adults aged 65 and 65 older."
Men are also more likely to die from the virus. Studies from around the world have found that men are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as women. A June CDC report found that 57% of COVID 19 deaths in America were men.
The weight of the president is another risk factor. At 6-foot-3, and if his stated weight of 244 pounds is accurate, Trump is clinically borderline obese. The CDC has said obesity increases the risk of serious illness from COVID 19 and can triple the risk of hospitalization. Obesity can also affect the immune system and reduce lung capacity.
President Trump's doctors have said that his low resting heart rate and blood pressure indicate that his heart is healthy. He also takes rosuvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, and aspirin to help prevent heart attacks.
This is a developing story.
Robert Calandra is an award-winning journalist and author who has written extensively on health and medicine. His work has been published in People, Parent, AARP the Magazine, the National Institute of Health, WebMD, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.