GMTV contributor Dr Hilary Jones has warned that US President Donald Trump risks suffering severe consequences after contracting COVID-19.
Speaking on GMTV this morning, Dr Hilary suggested President Donald Trump, 74, faces a higher risk of death because of his age as well as his weight. President Trump’s administration confirmed he and First Lady Melania Trump had caught the coronavirus hours after one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, also confirmed to have COVID-19.
The ITV Good Morning Britain’s contributor calculated Mr Trump is “220 times more likely” of succumbing to the diseased because of his health state. Mr Trump’s doctor, however, confirmed the President is ‘faring well’ and will ‘recover alongside his wife at the White House.’
Sean P. Conley, the President’s physician, said: “The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”
What would happen if President Trump dies?
If the President dies, the Vice President, Mike Pence, would become President for the rest of the term. If the Vice President is unable to serve then the Speaker of the House would act as President.
Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity
Since the pandemic began, dozens of studies have reported that many of the sickest COVID-19 patients have been people with obesity. In recent weeks, that link has come into sharper focus as large new population studies have cemented the association and demonstrated that even people who are merely overweight are at higher risk.
For example, in the first meta-analysis of its kind, published on 26 August in Obesity Reviews, an international team of researchers pooled data from scores of peer-reviewed papers capturing 399,000 patients. They found that people with obesity who contracted SARS-CoV-2 were 113% more likely than people of healthy weight to land in the hospital, 74% more likely to be admitted to an ICU, and 48% more likely to die.
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