Report: Trump’s Covid disease is said to have been much more serious
According to a report in the New York Times, the Covid 19 disease of the then US President Donald Trump was said to have been more serious than the White House had admitted last year.
The newspaper reported, citing four unnamed sources, that Trump’s blood oxygen saturation had dropped to critical levels before he was transferred to hospital. Trump is also said to have had visible signs of pneumonia on X-rays, as the New York Times reported on Thursday (local time).
The 74-year-old Trump was brought to a military hospital by helicopter at the beginning of October 2020 because of Covid disease. According to official information, during a three-day stay there he was treated with an experimental antibody agent from Regeneron, the virus inhibitor remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone. Experts already saw indications of a more severe course of the disease in the use of the drugs.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s oxygen saturation was at times only over 80 percent. Experts usually consider less than 90 percent a critical condition. Such a low oxygen saturation is one of the reasons for the use of dexamethasone.
The White House officially said that Trump’s saturation had temporarily fallen to 93 percent.