Because of the lies and political posturing, which are standard practice in the administration, we can’t know what is actually happening to Trump right now.
Here are the key points:
1. Trump was infectious during the debate and positive for SARS-C0V-2 for at least a week before he announced it.
2. Trump has received medical care that no one else can get – a drug called Regeneron which is not yet FDA approved. He’s also received remdesiver, a medication that is only available at hospitals with significant resources.
3. He may still face an acute phase of lines requiring hospitalization but the likelihood is lower of that because of the medications he’s receiving.
4. He likely feels better now than he will for a while because he is taking Dexamethasone which can cause an increase in energy (as well as lots of other negative side effects).
5. He’s likely to have ongoing symptoms, including difficulty thinking, and with memory, and debilitating fatigue, and shortness of breath, but we can’t predict which if any. We will know more after the Dexamethasone is stopped which usually happens after a 10 day course.
When Donald finishes the medications he has been given, if he does not have an acute flare of inflammation that requires intensive care treatment, he may still have a long way to go to feel well. And while I doubt he works as hard as any president before him, it’s likely his schedule requires more energy than the average healthy person expends in a day. How will he fair? Will the people around him, that are not sick, just cover for him?
Read more about the phases of COVID-19 in this blog, but at this point all we can do is wait, keep learning, and try to sort through the news, digging for a little truth.