Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been hospitalized for almost a week for COVID-19, told CNN that doctors have prescribed him remdesivir, an antiviral drug that President Donald Trump was on when he was recently with the Coronavirus was hospitalized.
It is unclear when Christie told the news network about the recipe. However, late Friday’s network report includes one of the few details known 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 aides and allies to contract the disease, CNN said. Others are either recovering at home or waiting to find out the test results, CNN reported.
Christie hasn’t tweeted since it announced it would be inducted on October 3rd. He, family members or friends have also not made a public statement about how he is doing.
A source familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that Christie is in a good mood, is receiving good care, and has no ventilator. Multiple sources said there were no changes until Friday afternoon.
Remdesivir gained attention earlier this year amid the pandemic. Doctors say it has been helpful to manage more severe cases of COVID-19.
The federal government shipped the drug to numerous hard-hit states in May, including 4,400 vials to New Jersey. State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the drug can improve recovery time for patients from 15 to 11 days.
Christie’s stay in Morristown is longer than the average COVID-19 hospital stay. According to an analysis of 52 studies published in BMC Medicine last month, the median length of hospital stays for coronavirus patients outside of China is five days.
But Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, told NJ Advance Media that seven to nine days of hospitalization “doesn’t surprise me at all with this disease.”
Christie announced on Saturday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus – the day after Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive. Since then, more than a dozen aides and officials in Trump’s orbit have also tested positive.
Christie – struggling with his weight and suffering from asthma for a long time – tweeted last Saturday evening that he checked into the hospital on Saturday as a precautionary measure, despite being “feeling good” and only having “mild symptoms”. Because of its conditions, Mendham residents are at greater risk of developing complications from the virus.
In addition to being its local hospital, Morristown Medical Center is one of the highest rated health facilities in the state and country.
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In the week leading up to his positive test, Christie helped Trump prepare for the first presidential debate for four days, often in a room with five or six people where no one was wearing masks. Christie – a longtime Trump friend, ally, and Republican – also attended the now infamous Rose Garden ceremony, at which Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
At least 20 other people at the Rose Garden event on Sept. 28 have tested positive since then, including New Jersey resident Kellyanne Conway, a former adviser to the president, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager. Masks and social distancing were largely ignored at the ceremony, now feared to be a super-spreader event.
NJ Advance Media staff writer Matt Arco contributed to this report.
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