President Trump shared an encouraging video from the Walter Reed Medical Center, where he was recently admitted to after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I’m starting to feel good,” he said in the video, noting the “real test” would be in the next few days.
“You don’t know over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,” he continued.
Earlier on in the video, Trump attributed some of his recovery to new medications and “therapeutics” which he described as miraculous.
“We’re gonna beat this coronavirus or whatever you want to call it and we’re gonna beat it soundly,” Trump continued. “So many things have happened, if you look at the therapeutics, which I’m taking right now — some of them — and others are coming out soon that are looking like, frankly they’re miracles, if you want to know the truth. They’re miracles.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
USA Today reports Trump’s comments could be in reference to what has become a routine path for some coronavirus patients: they appear to be getting better before they get worse. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said some COVID-19 patients “look pretty good for a few days, then they go south.”
Here’s more, from the report:
A typical timeframe for patents’ decline is about five to 10 days after the person starts getting sick, said Dr. J. Randall Curtis, a professor of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Washington school of medicine in Seattle.
Conley on Saturday said Trump is in his third day of fighting the virus.
During the early part of a patient’s COVID-19 illness, the body uses an “agnostic” immune response, said Dr. Greg Poland, director and founder of Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group. It doesn’t know what it’s fighting, but realizes something potentially dangerous is occurring. That’s called the innate immune system.
Key to a successful recovery is an immune response that targets the coronavirus itself. That’s called the adaptive immune system.
To avoid serious illness, a patient’s innate and adaptive immune systems must stay in balance, and the virus itself must not cause serious complications along the way.
Age is a risk factor. Older patients tend to be less successful in activating the adaptive response, according to Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of South Carolina.