Trump Could Still Be Contagious, Warns Doctor
It has been only a week since President Donald Trump dropped a major bombshell on the American people: that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the fact that at least 34 White House staff members and close contacts of the President have tested positive, Trump is still hoping to get back on the campaign trail sooner rather than later. In fact, during a call into Sean Hannity's show on Fox News on Thursday night, he revealed hopes to hold two rallies this weekend, one in Florida on Saturday followed by another in Pennsylvania on Sunday. However, according to a top emergency physician and expert in pandemic preparedness, he is not even close to being ready to come out of quarantine. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Given His Oxygen Level, He Should Quarantine for Double the Recommended Time
According to guidelines courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 most likely "remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset." While Saturday would mark "Day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis," according to his physician, Sean Patrick Conely, it is likely that Trump's infection was more severe than the "mild to moderate" guidelines.
"Reportedly, President Trump's oxygen saturation was below 94% at one point and he was given medications typically reserved for severe disease," explains Darren Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Physician at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
This being the case, the guidelines call for double the recommended quarantine time.
"By CDC guidelines, oxygen saturation below 94% is considered 'severe' disease and requires up to 20 days of quarantine."
He Should Have Two Negative Tests
"A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset; consider consultation with infection control experts," reads the CDC guidance.
He also points out that some patients have remained positive for the virus for up to three months after initial infection. "He likely requires testing before leaving quarantine," he continues. "I recommend two negative tests." As for yourself: wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid crowds, don't congregate with people indoors, get your flu shot—and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.