Coronavirus: Trump’s health situation developments in six charts

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US President Donald returned to his headquarters at the White House after nine days full of dramatic events, and it was found at its inception through examination that he was infected with the Corona virus, and after that he was flown to Walter Reed Military Hospital near Washington, where he was treated with drugs and test serums and went out to greet his supporters gathered outside the hospital While he was still ill.

What is the severity of the disease that Trump had? Is it really recovered? With the six diagrams below, we try to explain what we know – and what we don’t know.

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We are not exactly sure when Trump became infected with the virus, nor how it became infected.

In the early hours of the morning of the second of October, Trump tweeted that the result of the Corona virus test that he had taken on the evening before the previous day was positive (that is, he had Covid-19).


Since the symptoms of Covid-19 disease do not usually appear until after a period ranging between two days and two weeks from the time of infection, it is difficult to guess the true date of Trump’s infection.

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Trump’s private physician, Dr. Sean Conley, refuses to disclose the date of the president’s last negative examination.

The silence raised many questions regarding whether Trump was being tested on a daily basis or whether these tests were being performed on him at more distant periods – prompting speculation that he may have been infected before the announced date.

Adding to the uncertainty and suspicion was the statement made by Doctor Conley on the third Saturday of October, in which he said that Trump’s illness was diagnosed “72 hours ago” – that is, on Wednesday and not on Thursday as was said before. The White House was forced to clarify the matter by saying that the doctor was wrong.

And successive contradictory and confusing statements about Trump’s health status, as the director of his office made a more pessimistic statement than what doctors were saying, which raised questions about whether the president has been suffering from the disease for a longer period than the officials had hinted at.

As for Trump, he only said, “One of them entered, and many people were infected,” without giving any further details.

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He hosted a party It may be “Spread Widespread infection

On September 26, Trump announced his selection of Judge Amy Connie Barrett to be a member of the Supreme Court, in front of a crowd of about 200 invitees gathered in the White House flower garden.


Tests have proven that Trump and a large number of his entourage who attended that gathering were infected with the virus, although we are not sure where they caught the infection – whether it was the gathering itself or any other place.

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The injured list includes Reverend Greg Lowry of the Christian Harvest Association in Riverside, California, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, former White House Chancellor Killian Conway, and Republican Senators Mike Lee ( From Utah) and Tom Tillis (from North Carolina), and White House press secretary Kelly McKinani.

In addition to these, tests conducted on two other members of the White House press team (not shown in the photo) and photojournalist Al Drago, have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House team on confronting the Corona virus, described the aforementioned gathering as a “supernatural spread” of the virus, indicating that the attendees were close to each other and that they were not wearing masks.

Although research is still ongoing on how the virus is transmitted, it is believed that “super-spread events” occur when one person infects a disproportionately large number of others.

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Trump He is not the only one infected with the virus in the White House

There is a growing number of prominent government officials and aides working in the White House who have tested positive for the virus, including Trump’s wife Melania and his assistant Hope Hicks and a number of Republicans in the Senate.


Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller was the last to test positive, as he confirmed it on Tuesday.

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Tests have also confirmed the infection of Press Secretary Kelly McKinani and at least three members of the White House press office.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 78, said he had not visited the White House since last August because of the way the Trump administration handled the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.



Although official US instructions recommend that you wear masks and stay away from others two meters outside the home, these advice were not strictly or always applied in the White House.

Instead, White House officials relied on rapid checks to ensure the safety of employees and visitors from contracting the virus.

It is noteworthy that large gatherings, such as the one that took place in the Flower Garden at the White House, are prohibited in Washington DC due to the spread of the virus, but federal buildings – such as the White House – are exempt from this ban.

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An uncharacteristic mixture of drugs, drugs and serums

Trump spent three nights – from Friday October 2nd to Monday 5th – undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.


The medical team supervising his treatment said that he was given intravenously the antiviral drugs Remdisfer, Regeneron (which is a mixture of antibodies) and Dexamethasone (from the steroid family), in addition to other drugs and auxiliaries. It was also treated with oxygen gas.

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The World Health Organization recommends the use of dexamethasone “in severe and severe cases” because of its immune-suppressing properties.

Remdesivir is also usually given to patients who suffer from severe injuries, in order to reduce the time of symptoms from 15 days, usually to 11 days.

The third drug that Trump has been given, Regeneron (which is the name of the company that produces it), which is based on antibodies, is still classified as a treatment under test – meaning that Trump was one of a handful of people he used with them outside of clinical testing.

The other drugs that Trump was given, including zinc (tin), vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin, did not necessarily relate to the disease he was diagnosed with, but their properties are at least widely known.

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It was unclear when it would stop infection Others

The Centers for Epidemic and Infectious Diseases Control in the United States says that for most people, “it is possible to stop following isolation measures and preventive measures in general after ten days have passed from the onset of symptoms, and at least 24 hours after the fever has passed.”


According to doctors, Trump began feeling the pinch of illness on Thursday and had a fever when hospitalized on Friday, the second of October.

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But that American agency also says that those suffering from “more severe and serious disease” – which some say includes those who need hospital treatment and oxygen – may continue to infect others for 20 days after the first time they have symptoms.

The date for the second television debate between Trump and Joe Biden – October 15 – falls within the aforementioned period, although it has now been canceled.

But Trump said in an interview with Fox News late Thursday that he “feels he’s in good health” and also attended a rally at the White House on Saturday.

It was ten days after the date doctors said he had begun to show symptoms of the disease, but only eight days after the date that the Centers for Epidemic and Infectious Diseases Control recommended that he had not had a fever for at least 24 hours.

Trump told Fox News that he has stopped taking most “drugs,” but that he is still taking steroids and that he will “soon” be tested again.

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Trump says he’s back to work

Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening.

His office manager Mark Meadows said that new safety measures had been adopted, and that all those who had communicated with Trump were wearing “full protective equipment, including masks, goggles and so on.”


A memorandum issued in the White House on Monday called for reducing the presence on the first floor of the West Wing and in the President’s Residence Wing, and for adhering to strict procedures related to wearing protective equipment, using hand cleaners, and not approaching the president by a distance of less than two meters.

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