President Trump’s Respiratory Rate Appears to Be About 32 Breaths Per Minute as He Stands on Truman Balcony at White House — But He Just Climbed a Flight of Stairs

CNN observed President Trump’s return to the White House following his hospitalization due to coronavirus and noticed he removed his mask despite still being contagious, but others are watching his breathing status.

Observe the movement of President Donald J. Trump’s chest as he stands on the Truman Balcony — saluting Marine 1 immediately after he returned to the White House following his stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. On video, the movement of his tie with each breath indicates he takes about 8 or 9 breaths from about 2:10 to 2:25 elapsed time in this CNN video. The 15-second observation extrapolates to 32 to 36 breaths per minute. The normal respiratory rate is 12 to 16 breaths per minute, unless you’re exercising, or you’ve just climbed a flight of stairs which increases the respiratory rate. After exiting the Marine 1 helicopter, Trump climbed a flight of stairs to the Truman Balcony.

A TMZ article described the president as gasping for air at his return to the white house.

Trump Returns to White House

“Check out this video of Trump climbing a set of stairs at the White House after being discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center. Look closely — Trump appears to be gasping for air after reaching the top and shedding his face mask.

While Trump says he’s feeling better than he has in 20 years after getting pumped full of drugs at Walter Reed to combat COVID-19, the video tells an entirely different story.”

— TMZ (October 5, 2020)

Other media sources, such as The Guardian, Intelligencer and the NZ Herald made note of his “labored breathing.”

Many analysts are emphasizing that Trump isn’t “out of the woods” yet with his Coronavirus COVID-19 illness. They point to general Clinical Progress information that the median time to ICU admission from the onset of illness or symptoms ranges from 10 to 12 days.

According to CDC Clinical Course information, clinicians should be aware of the potential for some patients to rapidly deteriorate one week after illness onset. Among all hospitalized patients, a range of 26% to 32% of patients were admitted to the ICU. Among all patients, a range of 3% to 17% developed ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) compared to a range of 20% to 42% for hospitalized patients and 67% to 85% for patients admitted to the ICU. Mortality among patients admitted to the ICU ranges from 39% to 72% depending on the study and characteristics of patient population. The median length of hospitalization among survivors was 10 to 13 days.

See also …

CDC | Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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