Prominent Rhode Island doctors comment on Trump's coronavirus treatment

Two prominent doctors in Rhode Island weighed in on President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and the possibility he'd be released from the hospital on Monday.

Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital, said it's highly unlikely that the president will be released before his remdesivir treatment is complete.

She said one major concern is the severity of the president's illness due to the fact that the he was given a powerful steroid treatment and that he required supplemental oxygen.

"The mortality rate goes up to somewhere between 23 and 26 percent, so about a 1-in-4 chance of dying," Ranney said. "Hopefully these experimental drugs will work. Hopefully the redmsevir will work. But we should all be waiting and watching closely for the next five to 10 days until President Trump gets over that hump."

Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital, talks about President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis and treatment.

Ranney said based on current data, if he was sick enough to require extra oxygen treatments then the president is at an increased mortality rate higher than what's predicted for his age, the fact that he's a man, or his weight.

She's not the only doctor concerned.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, also expressed concern about the president's treatment.

"This is a moment of great anxiety for a lot of Americans. I am worried that we have not gotten off on a strong foot. Given what happened with hydroxychloroquine, it certainly raises concerns of whether Dr. Conley's really making the call," Jha said.

Meanwhile, criticism continues over the president's car ride to his supporters outside the hospital.

Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, tweeted that everyone in the motorcade must quarantine for two weeks.

Phillips labelled the action "political theatre" and "insanity."

In this image from video, President Donald Trump drives past supporters gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Phillip Crowther)

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