(CNN Spanish) — US President Joe Biden reported this week that he has covid-19, but his symptoms are mild, the White House said. The situation contrasts with the medical emergency experienced by then President Donald Trump, who had to be hospitalized when he had coronavirus during his presidency.
These are the differences between the Trump and Biden covid-19 cases.
The COVID symptoms of Trump vs. Biden
The reports of the illness of both presidents were diametrically opposed due to the contagion itself, both because of the moment in which it occurred, and because of the symptoms that both experienced.
First, let’s look at Trump’s symptoms versus Biden’s.
On October 2, 2020, then-President Donald Trump, who was 72 years old, announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump both had COVID-19. At the time, the White House reported that “the president’s vital signs over the last 24 hours were very concerning.” And that the next 48 hours would be critical in terms of taking care of him.”
The White House reported that because Trump was having trouble breathing, he was airlifted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. And his condition was such that he had to receive supplemental oxygen, CNN reported at the time.
The former president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, digressed on the subject at the time. And he mentioned that Trump is “not taking oxygen right now.” When asked if the president had received it, Conley did not answer directly. “He hasn’t needed any this morning or today,” he replied. When in doubt as to whether he had ever received supplemental oxygen as part of his covid-19 treatment, Conley also did not answer directly. “Right now he’s not getting (the oxygen).” And he added: “Yesterday and today he did not receive oxygen.”
The New York Times also reported then that Trump had pulmonary infiltrates, something that occurs “when the lungs are inflamed and contain substances such as fluids or bacteria. Their presence, especially when a patient has other symptoms, can be a sign of an acute case of the disease.” disease. They can be easily detected on an X-ray or scan, when parts of the lungs appear cloudy or white.”
The newspaper added that Trump’s oxygen level dropped to the 80s.
Additionally, Mark Meadows, who was the White House General Secretary, rallied reporters following an upbeat medical report by White House Physician Dr. Sean Conley. Privately he told them: “The president’s vital signs over the last 24 hours were very concerning. And the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are not yet on a clear path to a full recovery.”
Trump returned to the White House three nights after being at the Walter Reed.
Meanwhile, this week, President Biden, 79, told Americans that he is “doing fine” and that his symptoms remain mild.
The president’s symptoms include “rhinorrhea (or ‘runny nose’) and fatigue, with occasional hacking cough” and began on day zero, that is, July 21, 2022, according to a letter from the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor. Biden did not have a fever Thursday morning, White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told CNN.
The diagnostic protocol for Biden will mean isolating and “working and resting” in the White House residence for the rest of the day, according to a senior administration official. This is the first time Biden has tested positive for covid-19, and the last time she tested negative was on Tuesday, July 19, according to the White House press secretaryKarine Jean-Pierre.
When Trump was reported to have COVID-19, the White House reported that he was given various treatments and medications that were then under investigation to alleviate his COVID-19 symptoms and shorten the course of his illness.
The White House reported on October 4, 2020 that the president Donald Trump was treated with a dose 8 grams of the experimental antibody therapy cocktail made by the biotech company Regeneron.
President Trump was given a five-day course of the antiviral drug remdesivir, intravenously, according to one of his doctors, to shorten the recovery time for Covid-19 patients.
And he was also administered dexamethasone corticosteroid after his oxygen level transiently dropped, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley reported at the time.
It was eventually learned that Trump was given supplemental oxygen and had two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen level, Conley reported: “The president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation dropped transiently below 94%,” the doctor said. days after Trump’s illness became known.
A normal blood oxygen saturation level is 95% or higher.
Meanwhile, the president Biden started taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which is available through an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in people 12 years of age and older who are at high risk of severe illness. Requires medical prescription.
Jha later told reporters that Biden’s oxygen levels were “normal” as of Thursday morning and that Biden’s covid-19 virus sample was sent to a lab to identify the specific variant he is infected with. .
So far no further details have been released about the treatments that Biden will receive, since he tested positive on July 21.
the time of illness
When President Donald Trump tested positive for covid, in October 2022, almost 7 months had passed since the WHO declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. At that time, no vaccines against covid-19 had been developed, so the president was not vaccinated.
In December of that year, CNN reported that a White House official said Trump would not be given a coronavirus vaccine until it was recommended by the White House medical team. And at the time, the official said the president was still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he was given during his recovery from covid-19.
In January 2021, both Trump and first lady Melania Trump were secretly vaccinated against covid-19. The information was released in March 2021.
Furthermore, by the time President Biden tested positive for COVID-19, he had already received his first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The full schedule was taken before his inauguration in January 2021. He has also had booster shots: the first booster was taken in September 2021 and the second booster was taken on March 30.
— CNN’s Jacqueline Howard Lauren Mascarenhas, Bernadette Tuazon, Brett Roegiers, Will Lanzoni, Kyle Almond, Maegan Vazquez, Betsy Klein and Kate Sullivan.