President Donald Trump is 74 years old and obese – a risk factor for complications, but the good thing is that he has no background disease and does not drink, smoke.
On October 2, Mr. Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were confirmed positive for nCoV. At 74 years old, he is in the group that is prone to severe progression. A study published in March in the Lancet Medical Journal found that the mortality rate in patients 70 years of age and older was 8.6%, compared with an average of 1.4%.
Dr. Barry Dixon, a health care specialist at Vincent Hospital in Melbourne, said the risk would increase if Mr. Trump develops signs of pneumonia.
“The risk comes from other underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart attack. The main factors that can affect Trump’s progression are his age and overweight,” he said.
Dr. Dixon also emphasized that the mild symptoms of Covid-19 onset are not a signal that the disease will not progress or that complications are worse. In many cases, the sufferer’s health improves or declines rapidly after just one week.
On an annual physical examination in June, Mr. Trump was recorded 192 cm tall and 110 kg in weight. His body mass index (BMI) was 30.5. According to experts, a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
In Vietnam, the most severe patient in the first stage of Covid-19 epidemic is an obese, 43-year-old British pilot. He is 183 cm tall, weighs 100 kg, BMI 29.86.
Scientists believe that the relationship between the overweight and obesity syndrome and Covid-19 has not been clearly proven, a global analysis showed that obese people have a 48% higher risk of death than patients. have standard BMI. Of the nearly 17,000 people hospitalized for Covid-19 in the US, more than three-quarters are obese. This is also a common problem in this country.
“Men are more at risk when they have Covid-19, people with the underlying disease are more at risk. It may not be due to obesity but other factors such as heart disease or diabetes,” said Gary Wittert, professor Medical and director of the Freemasons Foundation for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide, said.
President Trump will enjoy top-notch healthcare. He is also in the demographic with ideal conditions for treatment during a pandemic. Trump does not have the habit of smoking and drinking. This causes the risks to be minimized.
“Some patients experience very mild symptoms in the first few weeks. For people who have just received a positive result, generally they look fine. But we recommend home isolation or immediate hospital treatment if because by the second week, many patients went from very stable to pretty bad in just 24 to 48 hours. This is what happened to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “, he said.
While the pandemic was still rampant, Trump was one of the advocates for the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in people with Covid-19. Professor Christine Jenkins, director of the George Institute of Global Health, bluntly asserted that this is a treatment that has not been scientifically proven. She said it is difficult to predict what the risk of Trump going into the intensive care unit, as treatments have regularly improved since the beginning of the pandemic.
“Initially, if you got Covid-19 in your 70s, you only had a 40-50% chance of survival. But today, the mortality rate is significantly reduced,” she said.
Dr Jenkins mentioned dexamethasone, a steroid drug that can reduce the length of hospital stay of severe to severe infections.
Thuc Linh (Follow Guardian)