More information is coming out about just how serious the situation was in October when reports indicated that President Trump had contracted the coronavirus. It seems that the public had not been clued into just how sick the president was.
A recently released report by The New York Times, citing four individuals close to the president at the tie of his illness, indicates that after Trump had contracted COVID-19, he experienced: "extremely depressed blood oxygen levels at one point and a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by the virus itself."
President Trump’s condition had previously been reported as him having trouble breathing and presenting with a fever on October 2nd—the day that he was transported to Walter Reed Hospital. Reports by his doctors on what types of treatments Trump received indicated just how serious his condition had become.
The Times went on to say that before moving the president from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Center for treatment: "officials believed he would be put on a ventilator." However, according to the same newspaper, the graveness of the president's condition was denied by an individual close to him, essentially echoing the same comments the president himself made after he was sick.
The Times also claims that in early October, when the president was transported to the hospital—a month before the national presidential election—his medical team worked diligently to assure the public that the severity of Trump's condition was not as dire as many believed. In fact, the medical representatives claimed that Trump was on an upswing, health-wise.
At the age of 74, and being significantly overweight, Trump was at risk and fell into two of the categories of underlying conditions. As such, his medical team made the decision to prescribed a somewhat aggressive course of treatment. Three short days after the treatment was administered, Trump left the Walter Reed.
Many speculate as to whether Trump was experiencing the coronavirus's effects during the September 29th Presidential Debate, as many feel he acted somewhat out of character. Two days following that same debate, the White House announced that the president had tested positive for COVID-19—and three days later, he was admitted to Walter Reed.
Do you think the failure to be more transparent about the president’s condition more about politics? Or more about not wanting to alarm the American people?