I said to @AnaCabrera and @yasminv today that we all suspected, based on the press conference, that Trump had received oxygen.

It has now been confirmed by @nytimes as well as @AP.

It's time to get real:

Based on data from clinical trials in the UK, this suggests that he has about a 23-26% mortality risk, depending on whether he received dexamethasone.
And based on my clinical experience, I and many other physicians across the country are quite concerned.

(Caveat: we haven't examined him. We have however seen lots and lots of patients like him.)
Even if he survives, he likely faces weeks of recovery .... and possibly long-term consequences to his lungs, heart, and other organs. (Even Boris Johnson took a month to get better!)

Great summary of the evidence on #LongCovid here:
It is of course possible that the experimental drugs he received, combined with luck, will result in a quick recovery. And 3/4 of patients receiving O2 do not die.

But: we need to be honest about where we are at, and what we should be preparing for as a country.
I wish him and our country strength and good luck in the weeks to come.

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