President Donald Trump, who on Friday revealed he had contracted the coronavirus, is more vulnerable to developing severe COVID-19 because of his age, gender and weight.
That’s according to health experts who say these three factors give someone like Trump, who is 74-years-old, a potential risk of around 4 percent of dying from the illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people aged 65 to 74 have five times the risk of hospitalization and 90 times the risk of death from COVID-19 compared to young adults.
But factors like overall fitness, activity levels and pre-existing conditions can all make a significant difference.
Information provided by a White House doctor in June puts Trump in the obese category, which triples his risk of needing hospital treatment, according to data from the CDC released in August.
Julian Tang, a UK-based respiratory sciences professor told Reuters, Trump's COVID-19 symptoms are dependent on his immune response.
"He's a tall man, but overweight. He's elderly, over 70 years old. Normally, those two factors alone would predispose him to more severe disease from the virus infection. (flash) It's really the host immune response, the patient's immune response, to the virus that drives the severity of illness."
According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows - who spoke to reporters Friday without wearing a mask - Trump is experiencing mild symptoms.
"He continues to not only be in good spirits but very energetic."
Trump has no reported chronic conditions and is reasonably active... he plays golf frequently and appears to walk briskly - which may offset some of the risks.
The CDC data also does not take into account the state-of-the-art care Trump is likely to receive.