These 4 Factors Put Donald Trump at Risk of Severe COVID
Here are the troubling coronavirus risk categories the president falls into.
The coronavirus has affected nearly 35 million people worldwide so far, and it's clear that world leaders are not immune. On Oct. 2, President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, have tested positive for COVID. This follows the news that White House aide Hope Hicks, whom Donald Trump had been in regular contact with during the past week, tested positive for the virus.
"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," the president tweeted. "We will get through this together!"
And while most people do go on to recover from the coronavirus, there are certain factors that can make it harder to do so. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are various high risk categories a person can fall into, including their age or other underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to severe COVID. These are the four categories that put Trump in a high-risk position for a severe coronavirus case. And for more risk factors to be wary of, Getting This Much Sleep Could Increase Your Risk of Catching COVID.
Trump turned 74 on June 14 of this year. This means that due to his age, he has a higher risk of severe illness from COVID, according to the CDC. In fact, the CDC says that 8 out of 10 coronavirus related deaths in the U.S. have been among adults aged 65 and older. And for more age-related risk factors, You're Most Likely to Get COVID From People This Age, New Study Shows.
Men overall have it worse than women when it comes to the severity of the coronavirus. The CDC issued a report on July 16 that found that while men were just as likely as women to get the virus, they were actually more likely to die from it. According to their data, the COVID fatality rate is more than two times higher for men than it is for women.
According to the White House's annual physical released in June of this year, Trump weighs 244 pounds. At just over six feet tall, that means he is considered clinically obese, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The CDC says that obesity is a high risk factor for severe COVID and that people who are considered obese are three times more likely to be hospitalized for the coronavirus than those who are not. And for more on the signs of severe coronavirus, If These Are Your COVID Symptoms, You Likely Won't End Up in the Hospital.
His heart disease
Trump was diagnosed with coronary artery disease—a common form of heart disease for men older than 40—during his annual physical in 2018. According to the CDC, this form of heart disease is one of the underlying medical conditions that puts a person at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.