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Dr. Anthony Fauci has remained a stalwart and calming presence in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He joined the White House's coronavirus task force, according to CNN, and worked with former President Donald Trump on stopping the spread.
However, Fauci and Trump had a strained relationship, and one that was only made worse as the two shared conflicting messages about the severity of the virus. Fauci even admitted that it was a difficult experience working with Trump, per The New York Times, and the doctor expressed optimism about his subsequent relationship with President Joe Biden, saying it'll be a better relationship than the one he had with Trump.
Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1, 2020, according to NPR, and he was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he received treatments until he was able to return to the White House. While Fauci wasn't surprised by Trump's diagnosis, the doctor has since made shocking statements about the event.
Dr. Fauci said Trump was 'fortunate' given his age and weight
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Dr. Anthony Fauci thought that former President Donald Trump was "lucky" that he recovered from his coronavirus diagnosis. In an interview with The Telegraph, Fauci said that, considering Trump's weight and age, things could have gone much worse. "He could have gotten into serious trouble. I think he was quite fortunate," Fauci told the outlet. Fauci also had scathing words for the entire White House under Trump's direction, calling the location a "Covid-19 superspreader."
Trump is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 244 pounds, according to the Daily Mail, and he was 74 years old when he contracted the virus, per The Guardian. Both age and being overweight are significant risks and increase the severity of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Considering all of this, it may come as no surprise that Trump was in fact much sicker than he let on at the time. According to The New York Times, Trump's physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, had "repeatedly downplayed concerns about Mr. Trump's condition during his illness." Trump had to be administered oxygen during his treatment while he battled a high fever and dropping oxygen levels. There was worry that Trump would have to be put on a ventilator as well. No wonder Dr. Fauci said he was fortunate!