President Donald Trump pulls off his face masks as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from Walter Reed hospital for remedy of Covid-19, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020.
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Trump, after contracting Covid-19, had “extremely depressed blood oxygen levels at one point and a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus,” The New York Times reported, citing 4 individuals accustomed to his situation.
His situation was so poor, the Times stated, that “officials believed he would be put on a ventilator” earlier than he was taken from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Center.
According to the newspaper, an individual near the ex-president denied that he had been gravely unwell, echoing feedback Trump made after he was sick.
The Times famous that when Trump went to the hospital in early October — a month earlier than the presidential election — his medical staff tried to downplay the severity of his situation in feedback to the public.
Trump left the hospital after three days after receiving experimental remedies.
He had participated in an in-person debate with then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden simply two days earlier than disclosing he had Covid.
Biden handily received the election, which was held after Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic for months.