Distraction of all the ongoing scandals, especially his tax scandal
Playing the victim at a time when he should be punished and called out for his crimes
If he includes himself into the group of those with covid, it’s harder to blame him for his actions
Finally “overcome” the virus and claim victory, play the superhero to his base
What could he lose from it:
Only a very small inner circle would know if this is a political stunt. It would be relatively easy to pull it off and cover it up afterwards. To proof that he faked it would be almost impossible…. and he could always claim he got a false positive as backdoor…so little to lose, a lot to gain. At this point of time, hecould be desparate enough to pull this off…. time will tell.
If he does have the virus at the age of 74, combined with being obese, his risk of dying is about 8 – 12 %. If he is getting hospitalized, this quickly raises to 25-30%. If he gets intubated > 50%. Since he gets the best medical treatment possible the risk migh be lower than average…. this will take 10 – 14 days to play out.
If he recovers, how will his victory tweet look like?