DONALD Trump’s positive Covid test could spell disaster for is chances of remaining in the White House.
At a time when he should be on the campaign trail in a bid to close the gap Democratic rival Joe Biden enjoys in the polls,he will instead be in quarantine for the next two weeks.
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At stands his positive test the most serious known public health scare encountered by any sitting American president in recent history.
His standing among key undecided voters could also be in jeopardy given his repeated playing down of the virus, which has killed 212,000 Americans.
With the possibility that the 74-year-old president becomes serious ill and requires hospitalisation, the whole election process has been thrown into doubt.
According to CDC statistics, patients between the ages of 65-74 are five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than someone aged 18 to 29.
The President will now be off the campaign trail and remain in the White House for an as yet unspecified amount of time.
If he is sick for a prolonged period, then that casts doubt about whether he should even remain on the ballot.
The positive test could also have devastating impact on his political prospects after he has frequently played down the impact of the virus.
Trump is behind in the polls and was judged by many to have lost the opening TV debate against Joe Biden on Tuesday and the pair are set to go head-to-head again in Miami on October 15.
The date comes just as the president will be ending his two weeks in isolation, raising the possibility he could emerge roaring from his sick bed to take on Biden.
Trump’s handling of the pandemic has become a major flashpoint in his race against Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail and at his home in Delaware.
Democrat Biden has since resumed a more active campaign schedule but with small and socially distanced crowds because of the virus.
The President has repeatedly refused to wear a mask in public and has questioned their effectiveness.
The Democratic candidate also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for at Tuesday night’s debate.
“I don’t wear masks like him," Trump said of Biden.
“Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
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