President's age group puts him at higher risk of possible COVID complications

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White House officials said Friday that President Donald Trump is experiencing "mild" symptoms after he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19.

Reports indicate the president, who is 74 and said to be in solid overall health, continues to work in the mansion's private residence, although his scheduled campaign appearances have been called off until further notice.

What is it that puts some older people at increased risk from viruses like SARS-CoV-2? Scientists think it’s primarily due to changes in the human immune system as we age.

Dr. John Carlo is a member of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's COVID-19 Task Force. While he has no direct knowledge of President Trump's medical situation, Dr. Carlo gave his opinion about his general concerns for a male coronavirus patient in the president's age group.

"Due to his age, he is in a higher-risk category for more severe coronavirus symptoms and certainly if there is any other medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other common things that American's of that age have, those also add to the risk" said Dr. Carlo. "He is in those categories based on his age alone."

The president’s physician said in a memo that Trump and the first lady, who is 50, “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Their son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative.

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