Chris Rock, Colin Jost and Michael Che Address Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis During SNL Premiere

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Saturday Night Live was not shy about addressing President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

The SNL cast returned to the studio on Saturday for their first live in-person show since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, with Chris Rock serving as the host and Megan Thee Stallion as the musical guest for the season 46 premiere.

For the cold open, Alec Baldwin played Trump opposite Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden and recreated the first presidential debate, which took place in Cleveland on Tuesday, three days before the commander-in-chief, 74, publicly announced on Twitter that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

“You did take the COVID test you promised you’d take in advance,” asked Beck Bennett, who played moderator Chris Wallace. “Absolutely, scout’s honor,” Baldwin’s Trump replied. Days after the debate, the Fox News host said on air that “there was an honor system when it came to the people that came into the hall from the two campaigns.”

Then in the opening monologue, Rock, 55, kicked off his remarks with Trump’s hospitalization. “Before we get started, the elephant in the room. President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,” the Fargo actor said.

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And during Weekend Update, Colin Jost and Michael Che started their segment with Trump’s diagnosis. “Well say what you will about 2020 but it’s got moves. This news was a lot for us to process a day before we came back on the air after four months off and it all happened so fast. I woke up yesterday and heard the president had mild symptoms. And then four hours later, he was getting medevaced to a hospital in what looked like the last chopper out of Vietnam,” Jost, 38, said.

“I gotta say it’s a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60 percent of people were like, ‘prove it.’ And it’s been very weird to see all these people, who clearly hate Trump, come out and say ‘we wish him well.’ I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true,” he said.

Che, 37, also chimed in and said, “While in the hospital, the president isn’t allowed to see any guests but he is expected to be visited by three ghosts, probably one from his past, one from his — okay this is weird! Because a lot of people on both sides are saying there is nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus even though he mocked the safety precautions for the coronavirus and those people are obviously wrong. There’s a lot funny about this, maybe not from a moral standpoint but mathematically, if you were constructing a joke this is all the ingredients you need. The problem is it’s

‘Weekend Update’ mocks Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis: ‘I wish him a very lengthy recovery’

“Saturday Night Live” made light of Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis during the Season 46 premiere’s “Weekend Update” segment.

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che returned to the “Weekend Update” desk for the first time since the pandemic shut down production on the long-running NBC sketch show. They immediately jumped on the opportunity to mock the president for contracting the potentially deadly virus after downplaying the severity of the pandemic for months.

The hosts pulled no punches in their rebuke, mocking Trump just hours after it was announced that he was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment.

“Say what you will about 2020, but it’s got moves,” Jost began the segment. “This news was a lot for us to process a day before we came back on the air after four months off — and it all happened so fast. I woke up yesterday and heard the president had mild symptoms and then, four hours later, he was getting medevaced to a hospital in what looked like the last chopper out of Vietnam.”


'Saturday Night Live' hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che returned for the Season 46 premiere on the 'Weekend Update' desk.

‘Saturday Night Live’ hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che returned for the Season 46 premiere on the ‘Weekend Update’ desk.
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He added: “I’ve got to say, it’s a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60% of people were like ‘prove it.’”

He joked that it’s been “weird” to see how many of Trump’s opponents and critics have publicly wished him well since announcing in a tweet late Thursday night that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19.

“I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true,” he joked.

Che took the reins from there, unequivocally saying that he finds the president’s illness “funny.”

“Alright look this is weird because a lot of people on both sides are saying there’s nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus even though he mocked the safety precautions for the coronavirus and those people are obviously wrong,” he joked. “There’s a lot funny about this. Maybe not from a moral standpoint, but mathematically, if you were constructing the joke, this is all the ingredients you need. The problem is, it’s almost too funny. It’s so on-the-nose. It’d be like if I was making fun of people wearing belts and then my pants just immediately fell down.”

He also mocked the president for holding rallies amid the pandemic, noting it was an example of him further flaunting coronavirus precautions.

“By the way, is anyone surprised by this?” Che asked. “I honestly thought Trump was trying to get coronavirus. I thought it was like ‘Groundhog Day’ when Bill Murray knew he couldn’t die and he was just trying anything. So, all those maskless rallies Trump was having, that was him being safe? Look, I don’t want the president to die, obviously. Actually, I wish him a very lengthy recovery.”


Trump taking Regeneron drug, Remdesivir therapy for coronavirus diagnosis: ex-WH doctor explains

President Trump is taking experimental coronavirus drugs Remdesivir and a Regeneron drug after being diagnosed with COVID-19 this week, his former White House physician told “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

“The two of those in combination should help clear the virus out of his body much sooner than his body could do it on its own,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said Saturday morning.


The president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution” Friday night and is being treated with experimental drugs in response to a compassionate use request.

“The Regeneron product [known as Regeneron-Covid 2 or REGN-COV2] is an antibody product,” Trump’s former doctor explained.

“They found two particular antibodies in the research they did coming up to developing this product. One of them attaches to the spiked protein and prevents the virus from entering into the host cell, the human cell. So what it does basically is it attaches itself to the virus and it disables the virus where it can’t get into the body, into the cells of the body and cause infection, and so that essentially drops the viral count,” he said. “Eventually your body clears those viruses.”


The other drug, Remdesivir, he explained, stops viral replication: “So we’re blocking the virus that’s already in his body and we’re preventing the replication of the virus with the Remdesivir,” he said.

Jackson, who helped design and build the presidential wing at Walter Reed, predicts that Trump will spend three to four days there.

“I think they’ll monitor him and check to make sure the fever is not getting worse and that his symptoms are improving. After a couple of days, I think he will be back to the White House,” he said.

Prior to moving to Walter Reed, on Friday afternoon, Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician, released an update on the president’s condition.


“Following PCR-confirmation of the president’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail,” a memo released Friday afternoon by Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician stated. “He completed the infusion without incident.”

“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the president has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” Conley said.

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Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Date Clarified, Conflicting Update Cites ‘Very Concerning’ Vitals

Drew Angerer/Getty President Donald Trump departs the White House for New Jersey on Thursday

Shortly after Donald Trump’s physician announced that the president is “doing very well,” an anonymous White House source released a health update that greatly contradicts the doctor’s report.

Following Dr. Sean Conley’s address on Saturday morning outside of Walter Reed hospital, where Trump is scheduled to remain under observation for several days, a White House official said in a pool report that Trump’s vitals are “very concerning.”

“The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the statement read.

The update from the anonymous source raises questions about Trump’s health as Conley shared vastly different information about the president, reporting that he was “doing great.”

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“As reported yesterday, in consultation with this group I recommended we bring the president up to Walter Reed as a precautionary measure to provide state of the art monitoring and any care he might need,” Conley said during the Saturday morning press conference. “At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made.”

“The president’s been fever free for over 24 hours. We remain cautiously optimistic, but he’s doing great,” he added later, noting that his other symptoms, which included fatigue, “are now resolving and improving.”

During the press conference, Conley said they were “72 hours into the diagnosis.”

However, Conley later clarified in a press release that he misspoke about Trump’s diagnosis timeline.

“I incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to [Trump’s] diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody therapy,” he said in a statement.

Conley added, “The President was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1st and had received Regeron’s [sic] antibody cocktail on Friday, October 2nd.”

Another one of his physicians added during the conference that the president was not currently on oxygen or “having difficulty breathing” and was able to walk around. Dr. Sean Dooley also added that the president made a comment that day saying, “I feel like I could walk out of here today,” which the physician described as a “very encouraging” comment.

Trump’s doctors also said they plan to continue carrying out a five-day treatment plan of Remdesivir.

The president, 74, publicly revealed his coronavirus diagnosis in a tweet on early Friday morning.

And on Saturday afternoon, Trump praised the “Doctors, Nurses and

What We Know Of President Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis : Live Updates: Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus : NPR

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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President Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus. But questions remain about what exactly happened before and after — when the president was first diagnosed, started experiencing symptoms and exactly what treatment he received and when.

On Saturday, White House Physician Sean Conley, for example, told reporters Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, but then said in a memo later on that he meant to say three days. Conley refused to say whether Trump had ever received supplemental oxygen this week, and another doctor said Trump received treatment 48 hours ago — also quickly walked back by the White House.

Here’s what we know about what happened when:


President Trump hosted a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Eight people who attended the ceremony, including the president, have since tested positive for the coronavirus.

Later that night, Trump flew to Pennsylvania for an outdoor rally. Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides who would later test positive for the coronavirus, accompanied the president.


President Trump attended the presidential debate in Cleveland. Members of the Trump family and other guests of the president did not wear masks in the debate venue, despite being asked to by Cleveland Clinic staff.

Debate moderator Chris Wallace said on Fox yesterday that Trump wasn’t tested before attending the debate because he arrived late. They went on the honor system, he said.


Hope Hicks walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday.

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Trump flew to Minnesota for a fundraiser and an outdoor rally.

Hope Hicks reportedly started to feel unwell and tried to isolate on the Air Force One ride back to Washington.

Based on Conley’s initial reference to 72 hours since the diagnosis, that would mean Trump was diagnosed mid-day on Wednesday.

The White House later walked Conley’s reference back, saying it had not been 72 hours since the president was diagnosed, saying Conley meant to say it was day 3 since the diagnosis.


Hicks reportedly received a positive coronavirus test on Thursday. She had also traveled with the president on Tuesday and Wednesday.

That afternoon, Trump flew to New Jersey for an indoor fundraiser where few people wore masks.

At Saturday’s press conference, Dr. Brian Garibaldi said the president began an experimental

Silver Lining In Trump COVID Diagnosis May Be Supporters Taking Coronavirus More Seriously


  • President Trump and his wife tested positive for coronavirus though it was unclear where they contracted the disease
  • Trump has been prescribed an experimental antibody cocktail to try to speed his recovery
  • Observers say the diagnosis may make his supporters take the disease more seriously but a quick recovery could undermine efforts to contain the spread

If there is a silver lining to President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, it may be that his supporters start taking the threat of infection more seriously.

Trump tweeted early Friday both he and first lady Melanie Trump had tested positive for the disease, which has infected more than 7 million other Americans and caused a death toll approaching 210,000. The White House said Trump was prescribed an experimental antibody cocktail to speed his recovery and then choppered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

From the start of the pandemic little more than six months ago, Trump had downplayed the threat the contagion posed, mocking Democratic rival Joe Biden for following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and openly disagreeing with the administration’s top doctors.

The Trump campaign failed to inform the Biden campaign the president had been exposed to the virus even though the pair had shared the stage for Tuesday night’s debate. So far, Biden has tested negative.

Trump’s sleight of hand likely contributed to the spread of the virus, which has devasted the economy and shows little sign of abating, with about 2,000 cases being added daily and flu season closing in.

It was unclear where Trump had been exposed. A number of people who attended Trump’s announcement of Appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who had COVID earlier this year, as his choice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed Friday they also had tested positive. Notre Dame President the Rev. John Jenkins, who has apologized for not wearing a mask when he attended the announcement and tested positive, was tested for the disease after a colleague tested positive.

“Perhaps some of his followers who believed COVID was a hoax and that only the old and frail are susceptible will take it seriously,” public relations specialist John Goodman told International Business Times in an email.

Mitchell McKinney, director of the Political Communications Institute at University of Missouri agreed.

“With the president, the first lady, immediate staff and now a number of other people surrounding Donald Trump testing positive for the COVID virus, perhaps this will cause Trump supporters, some who have actually questioned if the virus is a ‘hoax’ and many who continue to refuse to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, to now be more willing to head the advice of medical experts to wear masks and engage in social distancing,” McKinney said in an email.

“Perhaps, too, Donald Trump himself may now be more willing to model these behaviors in order to prevent the spread of the virus for the sake of his staff, his supporters and for 

Here’s What Trump’s Physician Said About the President’s Condition Following His COVID Diagnosis

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President Donald Trump is “doing very well” after his first night at Walter Reed Medical Center, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday in a press conference. Dr. Conley was flanked by other members of the president’s medical team, who briefed the press on the president’s condition and revealed new details about the timeline of his diagnosis and treatment.

The president has been fever-free for 24 hours and has normal organ function, according to the doctors. Trump will be on a five-day course of the experimental antiviral therapy remdesivir. Reporters repeatedly pressed Dr. Conley on whether Trump has received supplemental oxygen at Walter Reed. Dr. Conley said Trump is not currently on supplemental oxygen, but would not confirm whether the president has needed it so far.

Conley also shared that the president asked about hydroxychloroquine—a drug Trump has championed despite there being little evidence it can treat the coronavirus—but his medical team has not prescribed it.

Conley said Trump was “just 72 hours into the diagnosis now,” which could mean he was diagnosed as early as Wednesday. The president traveled to New Jersey on Thursday for a campaign fundraiser and revealed at 1 a.m. on Friday that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, were diagnosed only after reports emerged that close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for coronavirus. On Friday, the White House issued a statement that the president was experiencing “mild symptoms” of the virus and would be transported via helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. When asked why the decision was made to transfer Trump to Walter Reed, Conley said, “Because he’s the President of the United States.”

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Trump falls into a high-risk category for COVID-19 given that he’s male, 74 years old, and clinically obese. The disease has so far killed over 200,000 Americans and more than one million people worldwide.

Several Republican lawmakers and members of the Trump administration announced positive coronavirus diagnoses on Saturday. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, the president of the University of Notre Dame Rev. John Jenkins, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel all have announced they have tested positive for COVID-19. This wave of new diagnoses comes a week after more than 100 people gathered—most without masks—in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate Trump’s third nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. An indoor reception followed the outdoor ceremony.

On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, as well as former Vice President and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, tested negative for the virus.

This is a developing situation. This story will be updated as new details become available.

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Trump doctor says president ‘doing very well,’ reframes diagnosis timeline

Oct. 3 (UPI) — White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday that President Donald Trump “is doing very well” after treatment at Walter Reed hospital, but threw the timeline of his illness into question.

Conley and a team of several doctors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center briefed the public on Trump’s condition and treatment outside the facility midday Saturday.

“This morning, the president is doing very well,” Conley said.

He said Trump experienced symptoms including a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue beginning Thursday, but that those conditions have since improved.

Conley said Trump’s been fever free for more than 24 hours, has been walking around and tending to some work.

“We remain cautiously optimistic, but he’s doing great,” he said.

Conley said Trump is “not on oxygen right now,” nor was he on Friday, but declined to clarify when reporters asked if Trump had ever been on oxygen to treat coronavirus.

“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made.

Though the doctors offered a positive outlook for the president’s condition, a source familiar with the president’s health offered a different picture to a White House pool reporter attending the news conference.

“The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump tweeted praise for those caring for him at Walter Reed.

“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!! Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!,” he tweeted at 1:19 p.m.

Late Friday, Conley said doctors at the hospital administered remdesivir therapy to the president. Before Trump’s admittance to Walter Reed, he also was given an experimental antibody treatment called regeneron.

Comments at Saturday’s news conference about Trump’s diagnosis and the administration of the antibody treatment appeared to contradict the White House’s earlier reports about the timeline of the president’s illness.

Conley told reporters they were “72 hours into the diagnosis,” which would place his positive test about midday Wednesday. Trump tweeted the news just before 1 a.m. Eastern time Friday.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.

Additionally, one of the Walter Reed doctors on Trump’s medical team, Dr. Brian Garibaldi, said the president was given the antibody treatment “48 hours ago,” or midday Thursday.

Marine One transported Trump to the Bethesda hospital Friday evening for what White House officials said was likely to be a “few days.”Remdesivir, manufactured by Gilead Sciences under the brand name Vaklury, is an antiviral drug originally developed to treat hepatitis C, which was unsuccessful. It

Trump’s diagnosis shows US vulnerability to the coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s startling COVID-19 diagnosis serves as a cruel reminder of the pervasive spread of the coronavirus and shows how tenuous of a grip the nation has on the crisis, health experts said.

With U.S. infections rising for several weeks, Trump was one of about 40,000 Americans who learned they had tested positive when he broke the news early Friday. First lady Melania Trump also tested positive, and both were described as having mild symptoms. The president went to a military hospital for what the White House said was a precautionary visit of “a few days.” Some of his top advisers and allies also have tested positive recently.

“No one is entirely out of the virus’s reach, even those supposedly inside a protective bubble,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington.

Eight months after the virus first reached the United States, worrying signals mounted of what’s ahead this fall. The NFL postponed its first game because of a worsening outbreak among the Tennessee Titans. Some hospitals in Wisconsin have run low on space, and experts warned of a likely surge in infections during the colder months ahead. Some economists say it could take as long as late 2023 for the job market to fully recover.

The U.S. leads the world in numbers of confirmed infections, with more than 7 million, and deaths, with more than 208,000. Only a handful of countries rank higher in COVID-19 deaths per capita.

“The statistics are so mindboggling, they make us numb to the reality of just how painful, unacceptable and absurd this is,” said Dr. Reed Tuckson, board chairman of the nonpartisan Health Policy Alliance in Washington. “Every single American must double down on their vigilance. If we don’t, then we are being foolhardy and irresponsible.”

The president’s infection occurred as the nation has reached a crossroads in its response to the virus.

The U.S. is averaging 40,000 cases a day. The situation is improving in Sun Belt states that were hot spots in the summer — months after states reopened in May and gatherings during the Memorial Day and July Fourth holidays fueled a surge in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Many of those states took action this week to loosen restrictions. Mississippi’s governor ended a mask requirement, South Carolina’s governor said he would ease capacity restrictions on restaurants and New Orleans bars were given the greenlight to sell carry-out drinks. Florida has moved ahead with an aggressive reopening that gives bars and restaurants latitude to allow as many customers as they choose.

The outlook is gloomier in the Midwest.

Wisconsin reported a record daily death toll Wednesday, and hospitals in multiple cities said they were running out of space. A 530-bed field hospital that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built on the state fairgrounds in the city of West Allis in April could be put to use if the situation worsens.

Iowa reported more than 1,000 new cases for the third consecutive

Donald Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis: How the Disease Could Play Out

The president’s prognosis includes the full spectrum of possible outcomes. Many people infected by the coronavirus have no symptoms at all. Today, the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters that Trump has been showing “mild” symptoms, akin to those of a common cold. That suggests he has been infected for at least two days, possibly many more. He could clear the virus and test negative in short order, and return to the campaign trail within days. He could also have a prolonged hospitalization involving weeks of unconsciousness on a ventilator, during which time Vice President Mike Pence would take charge. The president could die.

Death is not the most likely outcome, but it is far from unlikely. Based on age and sex alone, Trump is at high or very high risk for severe disease. Eight percent of COVID-19 patients ages 65 to 74 die from the disease. Those 75 to 84 are at far higher risk: 18 percent die. And men are significantly more likely to die of COVID-19 than women. Obesity is also predictive of a severe course. Compared with people in the “normal” BMI range, obese patients are 74 percent more likely to be admitted to an ICU and 48 percent more likely to die. (Despite the uncertainty about Trump’s precise BMI classification, his risk is demonstrably elevated.)

The president’s doctors have assured the nation during his time in office that he is in good health and does not have chronic medical conditions. But we know that Trump’s lifestyle does not portend an optimized immune system. His sleep schedule is erratic, he does not exercise, and he subsists on fast food and declines vegetables. He is prone to angry outbursts. These lifestyle factors, taken together, are suggestive of impaired resiliency, and could leave him more susceptible to being laid low by the virus.

But a key variable in Trump’s case is that, because he is president, he will have the best possible medical monitoring and care. Should he need it, Trump will have care at the world’s best hospitals from doctors such as Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, whose advice Trump has spurned and rejected. Trump will have health care of the sort he has dangled as a campaign promise to all Americans since 2016, but never delivered.

Trump is also white. This means he is statistically less likely to experience severe disease, or to die of COVID-19, compared with nonwhite Americans. Even as the pandemic has killed more than 1 million people, Trump has continued to downplay and deny the severity of the disease, and mostly declined to wear a mask. If he does experience a mild case, his perception may skew even further away from the realities of the crisis.

Still, no one can be guaranteed an easy course of disease. COVID-19 can have lasting effects, and being in and out of the ICU can be traumatic.