Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was hospitalized for COVID-19 for nearly a week, told CNN that doctors prescribed him remdesivir, an antiviral drug that President Donald Trump took while he was recently. hospitalized for coronavirus.
It’s unclear when Christie spoke to the prescription news network. But last Friday’s network report has one of the few known details about his condition or treatment since he entered Morristown Medical Center last Saturday, after becoming another person in Trump̵
The 58-year-old former presidential candidate was hospitalized for a seventh day on Friday and appears to have the worst case among Trump’s aides and allies who contracted the disease, CNN said. Others are recovering at home or waiting to find out the test results, CNN reported.
Christie hasn’t tweeted since he announced he was admitted on October 3. Neither he, his family or friends have made public statements about how he’s doing.
A source familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media Wednesday that Christie is in a good mood, receiving good care, and not on a fan. Several sources said there have been no changes as of Friday afternoon.
Remdesivir attracted attention earlier this year amid the pandemic. Doctors say treating more severe cases of COVID-19 has been helpful.
The federal government sent the drug to several hard-hit states in May, including 4,400 ampoules in New Jersey. State health commissioner Judith Persichilli said the drug can improve recovery times for patients from 15 to 11 days.
Christie’s stay in Morristown is longer than an average COVID-19 hospitalization. Five days is the average length of hospital stay for coronavirus patients outside of China, according to an analysis of 52 studies published last month in BMC Medicine.
But Adam Jarrett, medical director at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, told NJ Advance Media a seven or nine-day hospital stay “doesn’t surprise me at all with this disease.”
Christie announced Saturday morning that he tested positive for coronavirus, a day after Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they tested positive. Since then, more than a dozen aides and officials in Trump’s orbit have also tested positive.
Christie – who has struggled with his weight and has a long history of asthma – tweeted last Saturday night that despite “feeling fine” and having only “mild symptoms,” he was hospitalized on Saturday as a precautionary measure. Due to his condition, the Mendham resident is at greater risk of developing complications from the virus.
Morristown Medical Center is not only its local hospital, but also one of the most highly regarded health facilities in the state and the country.
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In the week before his positive test, Christie spent four days helping Trump prepare for the first presidential debate, often in a room with five or six people where no one wore masks. Christie – a longtime friend and ally of Trump and fellow Republican – also attended the now infamous Rose Garden ceremony in which Trump appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
At least 20 other people at the Rose Garden event on September 28 have tested positive since then, including Kellyanne Conway, a New Jersey native, former advisor to the president, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager. Masks and social distancing were largely ignored during the ceremony, which was now feared to be a major event.
Personal writer of NJ Advance Media Matt Arco contributed to this report.
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