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  • The Times reports that Trump experienced extremely depressed blood oxygen levels and was found to have lung infiltrates, an issue associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
  • The former president’s oxygen level had been reportedly declining into the 80s.
  • The Times notes that COVID-19 is considered to be severe when blood oxygen levels hit the low 90s.

Former President Trump was more seriously ill from the coronavirus in October than the White House publicly acknowledged at the time, according to a report from The New York Times. 

The Times reports that Trump experienced extremely depressed blood oxygen levels and was found to have lung infiltrates, an issue associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. The outlet reports Trump’s condition was so poor before he was taken from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Center that officials believed he may need to be put on a ventilator. 


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At the time, it was reported that Trump experienced a fever and had trouble breathing when he was taken to the hospital on Oct. 2., although his medical team tried to downplay the severity of his condition in comments to the public. 

The former president’s oxygen level had been reportedly declining into the 80s. The Times notes that COVID-19 is considered to be severe when blood oxygen levels hit the low 90s. The former president’s physician, Sean Conley, at the time said Trump’s oxygen level dropped to 93 percent, but never fell to the “low 80s.”

The president had twice been given supplemental oxygen to help him breath at the White House. 

The Times also reports Trump initially resisted aides’ pleas to be hospitalized, but finally agreed to go when staff said he could go now under his own power or be carried out by the Secret Service if he became too sick to walk. 

Trump received experimental treatments and left the hospital after three days. 


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Published on Feb 11, 2021