How does Biden’s Covid case compare to Trump’?
Even though Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, his illness is not as dangerous as that of former President Donald Trump, who tested positive for the virus right before the 2020 election. The White House claims that Biden’s symptoms are mild after he received two rounds of boosters and began taking Paxlovid. There are four key distinctions between Biden and Trump that I want to highlight.
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Vaccines, according to specialists, are the main reason why Biden’s infection was milder than Trump’s, which put him in Walter Reed Military Medical Center for three nights. Biden has received a total of four dosages, providing him with substantial protection against serious illness and death. When Trump became sick, there were no immunizations available. In January, at the height of the Omicron wave, the CDC discovered that an unvaccinated person was 12 times more likely to be hospitalized than a boosted person.
According to Céline Gounder, MD, an epidemiologist at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine and a physician at Bellevue Hospital, “it is just a completely different scenario, though, to talk about a Covid infection and somebody who is quadruple vaccinated versus somebody who has not been vaccinated.” This was discussed in an interview conducted in May. That the immunizations are extremely successful in avoiding hospitalization and death is a message that does not seem to be getting through to people.
Trump’s exposure to the disease would have been far higher if he hadn’t had access to immunizations. According to Dr. Eric Topol, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Trump would have been pretty ill – at his age, anticipated to be quite ill. Sure enough, he was. The comorbidities of the infections are also different between Biden and Trump.
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According to Topol, “Trump’s primary risk factor was his weight, and we knew it carried a considerable risk for Covid.” Nothing wrong with Biden there, obviously. Outside of old age, I don’t know of any additional medical conditions that Biden suffers from. While complete medical histories for Trump and Biden do not exist, both administrations have made certain disclosures about their health. The White House revealed Trump’s physical in 2020, soon before he became afflicted. Donald Trump was 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 244 pounds.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that makes him clinically obese and increases his risk of hospitalization due to Covid-19. According to his physical, Biden is just under 6 feet tall and weighs in at 184 pounds. Age Biden’s 79. Trump caught Covid at the age of 74. According to the CDC, the risk begins to rise in one’s 50s and rises even more in one’s 60s, 70s, and 80s. People above the age of 85 have the highest risk of serious illness. Perhaps lengthy Covid is still a threat to Biden. Even while health experts have a better understanding of the prevalence of post-viral conditions after Trump was sick at the end of 2020, there is still a lot we don’t know about them. Thirty percent of persons infected with Covid have symptoms that last for nine months or longer, according to studies.
Some people, even those who were vaccinated, are now incapacitated due to the extensive list of symptoms, experts say. Initial reports indicate that over a million people in the United Kingdom have experienced persistent Covid-19 symptoms, despite the fact that only a subset of infected individuals develops a long-term illness.