President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”


Just how serious can COVID-19 be for someone of President Trump’s age and condition?

Everyone reacts differently to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, from no symptoms at all to life-threatening illness.

“What we’ve learned for sure is that the spectrum of illness from COVID-19 is tremendous,” said Dr. David Banach, an infectious diseases physician at UConn Health and hospital epidemiologist at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

President Trump has several risk factors that put him on the more worrisome end of the spectrum, but others that counterbalance the risk.

His age, weight and gender all add to his vulnerability.

Trump turned 74 in June, putting him at five-times higher risk of hospitalization and 90-times higher risk of death than someone in their 20s, according to