President Trump’s coronavirus pandemic adviser Dr. Scott Atlas on Friday said Trump likely will have a “rapid recovery” after contracting the virus.
“It is no surprise that people get the infection, even with precautions,” Atlas told Fox News. “I anticipate a complete and full and rapid recovery back to normal after his necessary confinement period. I anticipate he’ll be back on the road and in full swing.”
Atlas, a neuroradiologist, called Trump a “super vigorous man” and said he’s “never seen anyone with more energy and more vigor, at any age, but particularly at his age.”
“He is a very, very healthy guy,” Atlas said. “And the overwhelming majority of people, even at his age, do fine with this. He is very healthy, and so I anticipate the same for him.”
Atlas joined the White House in August and recently repudiated an assessment of US antibody prevalence offered to lawmakers by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield. Atlas said Redfield used outdated data.
Trump, 74, issued an after-midnight tweet early Friday announcing that he and the first lady were positive for the serious respiratory bug, which infected 7.2 million Americans and killed 207,000 since March.
The president tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after developing symptoms during a relatively brisk 46-minute Trump campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday night.
Various other White House aides close to Hicks tested negative on Friday, including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Trump is a lifelong abstainer from tobacco and alcohol and his former White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, famously told reporters in 2018 that “if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old.”
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