TAMPA, Florida – President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis highlights the people who are most susceptible to a serious COVID-19 case. Doctors in the Tampa Bay area say the reveal serves as a reminder that everyone must take preventive health measures seriously.
“This virus can affect any of us,” said Dr. Jason Wilson of Tampa General. “The most powerful person in the world has the virus. Now we know that this virus can definitely affect anyone.”
President Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19 and said they would begin the quarantine and recovery process immediately. At 74 years old, doctors are realizing that the president’s age and weight pose a higher risk of serious illness.
“When we look at patients who are hospitalized, patients who go to intensive care, patients who are incubated, patients who are given a life-saving technology called ECMO, which is essentially a machine that does the work of your heart and your lungs get done. You and then patients who have even really bad results like death know that 90 percent of these patients are explained by other risk factors, “said Dr. Wilson.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yours Risk of hospitalization if you have certain conditions and are getting COVID-19 compared to people without those conditions. Asthma is 1.5 times the risk for people, diabetes and obesity (BMI ≥ 30) tripled the risk, while a combination of two conditions increases the risk for people more than four times.
The CDC also says Age increases the risk of serious illness of COVID-19, with older adults at greatest risk. It said: “8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the US were in adults aged 65 and over.”
“The bottom line is that this is a nasty virus that shouldn’t be ignored and minimized in any way. However, the good news is that we can prevent transmission by doing some really simple things that just need to be built into our daily lives. ” said USF health professor Dr. Marissa Levine.
Dr. Levine says think about physical distancing, wear masks, and wash your hands, which might help even during flu season.
“These are communicable, which are contagious diseases that can be transmitted to each other, and I think that really means that as members of a society we all have a responsibility to do what we know to help ourselves, our loved ones and then we come into contact with other people, ”said Dr. Levine. “This is not rocket science.”