President Donald Trump suffered more coronavirus disease in October than was publicly admitted at the time, according to the New York Times.
Citing four unnamed sources familiar with the ex-president’s condition, the newspaper writes that Trump at one point had severely low blood oxygen levels and had a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
Before hospitalization, the prognosis had become so worrisome that officials believed Trump would need a ventilator, the newspaper said.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Trump was found to have infiltrates in the lungs, which occur when the lungs are inflamed and contain substances such as fluid or bacteria, the New York Times notes.
The presence of infiltrates, especially in combination with other symptoms, can be a sign of an acute form of the disease. They can be easily spotted on X-rays or MRIs when parts of the lungs appear opaque or white.
The level of oxygen in Trump’s blood, which dropped below 90, also caused acute concern, writes the New York Times. The disease is considered severe when the oxygen saturation level drops to over 90.
According to the newspaper, the ex-president did not want to be transported from the White House to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and agreed to hospitalization only after aides told him that otherwise the Secret Service would be forced to carry him to hands if it gets worse.