originally posted by: IAMTAT
President Trump's Covid-19 test came back negative...and he's just fine.
I'm sure this will be a relief to everyone...especially to all those frantic MSM reporters constantly asking him about it.
Here's to continued good health to our President.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician.
The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following
days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus,
including members of the Brazilian president’s delegation who visited with him at his Florida resort.
Here’s the thing: I understand why those around him pushed him to get tested; it’s mainly a PR thing and there’s some value to that. But I’m
not sure it actually made sense medically, and here’s why.
In the middle of February I was in Italy, vacationing in what would, within a few weeks become the “hot zone”. The first week I was there there
were no COVID-19 cases being reported at all, so nobody thought there was anything to be concerned about. By the end of the second week, the first
few cases were being reported. By the beginning of the third week there were something like 10 or so cases and entire towns were being quarantined.
So I got out as soon as I could and arrived back in the US on the 28th, with sinus congestion and a runny nose.
So naturally, I called my doctor and asked if I should get tested for the Coronavirus. He said that the CDC at that time was the only one who could
authorize a test and that they would not authorize a test for cases like mine. Tough bananas.
So, in the last two weeks of self-quarantine, I’ve been researching what’s behind the CDC’s position and it actually is logical. First, there
is no specific medical treatment for it yet that’s any different than for any other serious lower respiratory disease, so it wouldn’t benefit the
patient medically to know that it was COVID-19 since it wouldn’t change the likely medical treatment or outcome. And, test kits were and still are
in short supply, so they don’t want to waste them pointlessly. Knowing that a patient had COVID-19 would provide some benefit to the medical team
that had to treat the patient, however, since that would allow them to make sure that they take precautions to not get the virus themselves. That’s
why they insist that in order to get tested, a patient has to show 3 distinct symptoms; fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. If you have those
symptoms you’re probably in an ICU or soon will be and it’s definitely a good idea for the medical team to know if you’re carrying the virus.
But you could tell Trump showed none of those symptoms, just by looking at him. Another reason they have been limiting who gets tested is because the
test is actually not highly sensitive; you have to have a lot of the virus in your system or you can give a false negative. That’s another reason
they don’t want to give the test unless you’re showing strong symptoms already. And that’s why if you think you may have been exposed to the
virus, they tell you to self-quarantine first. If you go on to develop the symptoms while in quarantine, then you can get tested.
So it seems to me that Trump should probably not have gotten the test by CDC’s own rules but he probably should be in some kind of self-quarantine.
Showing no symptoms at all, there is some probability that he got a false negative result on the test and actually does have the virus but is either
asymptomatic or just hasn’t developed the symptoms yet.
I could be wrong, but I t seems like they weren’t following CDC guidelines in this case, for some reason.