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Trump: Doctors Told Him His ‘Lungs Are A Little Bit Different’ Due To Covid

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President Donald Trump revealed Thursday night that doctors had told him his lungs looked “a little bit different” when he was hospitalized for coronavirus, an infection he claims to have now completely gotten over.

President Trump Arrives Back At White House After Stay At Walter Reed Medical Center For Covid

President Donald Trump returns to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center … [+] on Oct. 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump spent three days hospitalized for coronavirus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

Trump said at an NBC town hall Thursday night that he was feeling “nothing whatsoever” in terms of coronavirus symptoms after he had to be hospitalized earlier this month for Covid-19.

During a three-day hospital stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Trump said that doctors noticed “the lungs are a little bit different,” and that “they’re perhaps infected.”

Trump also said he “didn’t feel strong” when he was taken to Walter Reed on Oct. 2, saying “I had a little bit of a temperature.”

White House Dr. Sean Conley had said that Trump’s lung scans yielded “expected findings” without elaborating further.

Trump has said his lung scans at Walter Reed showed “congestion,” but he claimed he never had trouble breathing, despite the fact he was treated with supplemental oxygen.

Key Background

Thursday night’s town hall was supposed to be a town hall-style debate between Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but Trump refused to agree to a virtual debate after his positive coronavirus test. A coronavirus infection is known to impact the lungs especially, in some cases causing permanent scarring.

Tangent

Town hall moderator Savannah Guthrie also continually pushed Trump on whether he took a Covid test the day of the first presidential debate, Sept. 29, just two days before Trump announced his positive Covid test. Trump said he wasn’t able to answer the question since he gets tested so often, at one point saying he “probably did” take a test the day of the debate, while also saying “and I took a test the day before and the day after.” But when pressed by Guthrie, Trump said “I don’t know” whether he took a test the day of the debate.

Further Reading

Trump Discharged From Hospital, But Doctors Still Vague On Medical Specifics (Forbes)

Trump Says Scans Found ‘Congestion’ In His Lungs, Doesn’t Know If He’s Virus-Free Yet (Forbes)

Trump Experienced Two Episodes Of ‘Drops In Oxygen’ Since Coronavirus Diagnosis (Forbes)

October 15 Presidential Debate Canceled After Trump Refuses To Go Virtual (Forbes)

Coronavirus: Warning thousands could be left with lung damage (BBC News)

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