President Donald Trump’s rapid recovery from coronavirus is creating new problems for the health officials about the seriousness of the virus. A few days ago, Trump’s physician Sean Conley, officially announced that Trump has recovered from coronavirus and tested negative for two consecutive days. Just a few hours after the announcement, Trump was seen in a public rally boasting about his immunity in overcoming the virus. However, it is interesting to know that Trump tested negative for the virus within ten days. As per the CDC suggestions, it usually takes 14 to 17 days for an ordinary person to test negative after contracting the virus. All through the pandemic, health officials and experts struggled immensely to make people understand the seriousness of coronavirus, but with Trump’s rapid recovery, the problem is back on the cards.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, acknowledged that Trump’s swift recovery would underscore the risk involved in contracting coronavirus. People might mistakenly believe that the virus doesn’t pose any significant health risks. In an interview with STAT, Fauci said - “We all are glad that the president of the United States didn’t have any major implications due to the virus. But because he is such a viable figure across the world, it may amplify to some that the disease is a normal thing and nothing to worry about it.” He explained that coronavirus has a wide range of manifestations like some people have no symptoms, while the rest suffer from flu-like symptoms to life-threatening blood clots and pneumonia. This peculiar nature of the virus makes it clear that COVID-19 is dangerous and can be incredibly challenging.
“Irrespective of the mixed signals of the virus that it can be serious or not, we should be able to pass the message clearly. For me, that’s been the bane of trying to get a message across to the people,” Fauci added. Although Trump was hospitalized for four days and needed supplemental oxygen on two occasions, he quickly recovered after treating with the antiviral drug Remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone. With the lockdown restrictions easing out, most young adults are testing positive for the virus. Fauci and other health experts are struggling to find a way to convey the message to young adults. “It’s just something that I’ve been struggling with for some time in messaging. When you try to tell people to wear a mask and avoid crowds, they respond by saying, ‘Well, what will be the difference if I get infected? The likelihood is that I’m not going to get seriously impacted. So, who cares?’” said, Fauci.
Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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