Although InsideSurgery.com is not participating in the healthcare of President Donald J. Trump, we have noted with interest the reports of his quarantine status as of 10 PM on October 1, 2020.
As the President’s health status and fitness for office is a matter of world-wide concern, we are surmising the following:
President Donald Trump would be at high risk for significant morbidity and mortality were he to be infected with the SARS-CoV2 virus.
In lieu of the first reports President Donald Trump gave on the Sean Hannity show that he could possibly be quarantining, the initiation of a definite quarantine could imply a change in testing status.
It is well know that the time that infected individuals are most contagious is just before the onset of symptoms, toward the end of the asymptomatic interlude.
The fact that Hope Hicks was in prolonged proximity to the President and neither was likely wearing a mask increases the risk of transmission to the President.
Upon learning of the positive status of Hope Hicks last night, she and all of her close contacts should have immediately gone into quarantine.
The President should not have traveled today to Bedminster, New Jersey where he held an indoor fundraiser. All of those that attended that event are now at risk for contracting the virus and should go into quarantine.
The daily Covid tests taken by the White House staff and President Trump are known to be wildly inaccurate, with as much as 50% of the true positives being reported as negative.
Generally, most people are required to obtain two deep PCR based testing swabs to rule out a positive status. These tests should be run 72 hours apart.
One clinical scenario that could fit the timeline of the President’s announcements is that he has tested positive on the Abbott Labs coronavirus ID test and is now awaiting test results with the more definitive and reliable tests.
The Governor of Ohio received a positive result from a “spot” coronavirus screening test that turned out to be false on testing on the lab-based test.
Everyone who traveled on Air Force One in the last 72 hours and everyone who was in attendance at the Presidential debate should be testing for coronavirus.
An unmasked President Trump giving angry replies could have sent aerosols over most of the audience, Vice-President Biden, and Chris Wallace.
InsideSurgery.com will follow events closely and provide updates if relevant.