President Trump, White House, Walter Reed Hospital discussed on PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman
Friday, October 2nd. I'm Ryan Gorman with me this evening, Felix Vega and Reggie on the board. We'll get right to our top story. President Trump in first Lady Melania Trump test positive for Covad 19 coming up in a few minutes, we're going to check in with Elena train. She's the White House reporter for Axios. And is about it's plugged in. Is anyone with what's going on there right now, and the events that have unfolded over the past 24 hours. The president is about to make his way to Walter Reed Hospital. Marine One is standing by at the White House right now, the White House is saying that he's being moved there as a precautionary measure. Of course, we'll continue to monitor that storyline as well. Right now. I want to go straight to the hotline and joining us. For some expert analysis of these major developments is Dr Marissa Levin, director of the Center for Leadership and Public Health Practice and professor at the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Dr Levine thank you for joining us and let me start with some basics on this Corona virus we're hearing about when people tested positive when they became Symptomatic. What should everyone know and understand about the early stages of this virus. Good evening. It's great to be with you. The most important thing is that there may not be any symptoms and the critical thing is too. Really take full precautions to prevent catching this forest. I think what we're seeing today shows us that this is an easily transmitted virus basically got through the security of the White House. On. That means pretty much. Anybody can catch it if we let our guard down. Can individuals tests negative today but begin to experience symptoms or tests positive within the next few days? Yeah, That's a great question, because It could take a few days three or four before we actually Khun get a positive test after you've been exposed. So if we know you have an exposure say today, often they'll be a waiting period of about 4 to 7 days actually do a test just to be sure. And during that time, the critical thing for folks is you really need to quarantine yourself meaning separate yourself from other people. So you don't spread it, potentially, you have it. It's been the toughest thing about this virus. You can have it and not even know it but still spread it. For those experiencing mild symptoms or even moderate symptoms right now, and it appears that a couple of individuals who are part of this outbreak are feeling those kinds of symptoms. When could they start to subside or in a worst case scenario, get more severe. So generally, What happens is in the first week to 10 Days is the time period where we see either progression or resolution, and people who end up getting hospitalized usually get hospitalized somewhere. Around 10 to 14 days, maybe a little earlier after they've started symptoms, And so that's why we often see when we're seeing those numbers every day. That there's a lag time if the numbers go up. Until we actually see hospitalizations and then You know. Unfortunately, people are dying from this. Unfortunately, most people don't have symptoms and do well but but dying from this is the latest outcome. That takes Anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Really? To really show itself in the community, so that's a natural progression for somebody who's going to get worse. But the important thing is, most people do very well. The issue we have is if you're older, if you have underlying health issues You are at risk of complications and even death. And you really have to be careful to make sure you don't pick it up in the first place. And on that no President Trump's advanced age is wait. All concerns that are obviously getting a lot of attention talk a little bit more about how that factors into one's ability to recover. Sure, you know, we know a lot more now about Coke, and we know that age alone is a risk factor for more severe illness and death. One way to think about it is For people in their seventies. Based on everything we've seen, particularly in the United States and developed countries. Off 40 people who get it. On average. One person will die. So the good news is 39 people will recover. They may have some lingering effects or some other side effects that are concerning Um, but that's that's pretty significant and as your age goes up, it's even more likely to happen. Contrast that with people in their twenties, one average Yeah, you need to have about 20,000 young people at the age of 22 c one death on average. That's on average, and we had to that. In addition to age concerns, like high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, other underlying lung conditions, diabetes Then your risk goes up, regardless of age. So these are important things for everybody in the community to take notice, Because at the end of the day, you kind of have to figure out what our own risk is. And then put in place appropriate protection. I'm joined by Dr Marissa Levin, director of the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice and professor of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Of course, we're talking about the story today. The president and first lady Melania Trump testing positive For covert 19 President Trump is about to make his way to Walter Reed Hospital. And what we're hearing from the White House is that this is a precautionary measure. The president will undergo some testing. Can you talk a little bit about some of the things that his doctors air likely monitoring him for? Sure, and let me send my wishes, speedy recovery to the end to the first lady and everybody who's picking up covert. Unfortunately, so the critical thing now is To make sure that we're knowing more about the progression. They don't have a lot of Good data that we can get early on. You really just have to monitor people make sure that they're supported fully. They're getting enough fluid there, eating well resting. But most importantly, no if the tide's turned for the worst, because We've heard that the president has gotten in experimental treatments, which shows promise on that could be very helpful, but we also need to know if the tide turns for worsening. When to use went to implement some of the other present therapies that have worked for people who are hospitalized. Mom, We know a lot more now. Our own positions in the Tampa Bay region have learned a lot and we don't see death as readily as when what we saw today in New York, with the first outbreaks Partly because we've learned that there are some things that could really help. That's what will be watching the positions will be watching for and then make decisions in terms of other therapies that could be and probably time. You mentioned the experimental treatment that the president is apparently receiving Regeneron's Polly clonal anti body drug. What can you tell us about that? What do we know about that? So we know a lot about the virus in its structure and how it catches the cells in our body on what's happened here is that this company has produced About to monitor called monoclonal antibodies, which are very specific to Ah play 18 on the surface of the virus called Spike Protein, one that connects to ourselves. And the idea here is that those antibodies will block so that there can't be a connection to the virus, and that then allows the body to go ahead and try to clear the virus. So Again. It's early. It's still experimental. We don't have all the data, but the company's at least saying that there's some positive signs for that. But I think that's obviously why the president being afforded the opportunity to use that. Again. We're learning as we go. We're learning a lot more about this virus, its effects and how to mitigate it. So I think it's important for all your listeners to remember to stay up today and make sure that they know what we know about the virus so that they can Take the appropriate precautions on and at the end of the day. I'll just add that We're approaching Lucy's, and you don't know what that's going to be like, but all the mitigation effects that we've talked about physical distancing basement. Hand hygiene that could really help us as we go into Lucy's that being as healthy as possible going in, regardless of your age, taking care of your underlying condition. Getting vaccinated for flu..