As COVID-19 cases spread through the White House and ruffle the Senate, cases among front-line workers on Capitol Hill continue to rise in the center of American government, which to this day lacks a comprehensive testing regimen for all workers.There are now 123 Legislative Branch employees or contractors who have tested positive — or are presumed positive — for COVID-19, according to Ashley Phelps, a Republican spokeswoman for the House Administration Committee. This total has increased by 20 since Aug. 28.The count includes 46 Capitol Police employees, 42 Architect of the Capitol employees and 35 contractors working on the Cannon Building renovation project. These numbers reflect total cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.As of Oct. 5, there are 22 Capitol Police employees who are on paid administrative leave.
[D]octors on the front lines of treating patients with COVID-19 told BuzzFeed News that it is still too early to assume that he is on a certain road to recovery. Months of clinical experience have shown that the disease sometimes flares up dangerously in the second week of symptoms, even in patients who had seemed to be doing well."Clinicians should be aware of the potential for some patients to rapidly deteriorate one week after illness onset," the CDC warns in its clinical guidance for managing patients with COVID-19, last updated Sept. 10."It can go in a lot of different directions," Robert Wachter, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told BuzzFeed News, shortly before the doctors announced that he would return to the White House later in the day."For the next few days, I'd want him 50 feet away from an ICU, not a helicopter ride," Wachter said.Trump has been given treatments that are normally reserved for seriously ill patients.
To require oxygen and to be put on remdesivir and dexamethasone so quickly after becoming infected suggests that Trump's illness was fairly severe . . .
Trump's doctors have withheld some crucial information. We do know that Trump was given a lung scan . . . But the president's doctors have refused to answer multiple questions about what his lung scans show . . . Notably, Conley did not say that Trump's scan was normal. . . .
The other big uncertainty is when Trump got infected, as Conley has refused to answer questions about when Trump last tested negative . . .
That timeline is important, because the second week of COVID-19 can be the most dangerous. Doctors warned that patients in the second week of the disease can suddenly get much more seriously ill.
"Week two is the worst because of the fact that you have the inflammatory response to the virus," Cedric Dark, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told BuzzFeed News. In the most severe cases, patients may experience a "cytokine storm," an aggressive inflammatory immune response that causes severe lung damage. If unchecked, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
People Working In The White House Are Now Calling TrumpWorld A Shit Show
Nuzzi: I think it’s just kind of a shit show. I don’t know if I can say that on this show but that is kind of the language that most White House people I talk to are repeating to me pic.twitter.com/oCYqTaQ8bS— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 7, 2020
More than 44,000 workers at meat-processing plants across the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus. Their families are struggling to cover medical or funeral costs.https://t.co/8D2odWHVaz— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 6, 2020
OUR GREAT USA WANTS & NEEDS STIMULUS. WORK TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
Doctors with experience treating COVID-19 patients warn that Trump could experience the worst symptoms in the next week.— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 6, 2020
“For the next few days, I’d want him 50 feet away from an ICU, not a helicopter ride,” one doctor said. https://t.co/6EEN5iNVHl
"To borrow a phrase I heard somewhere recently, I felt better than I did 20 years ago.” https://t.co/YDyrIYSHqu— Peter Wade (@brooklynmutt) October 6, 2020
I genuinely don't know how to feel about the thought that Trump's final words as president might be, "I can't breathe."#TrumpVirus— Adeyemi Adams👑 🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@HRHAdeyemiAdams) October 3, 2020