Practicing neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta said Monday that "we still don’t know a lot of things" about Hillary Clinton’s recent pneumonia diagnosis.
Gupta described all the complications that can arise from pneumonia, especially with an individual over 65. Clinton is 69 years old.
Gupta said he was unable to discern the seriousness of her pneumonia diagnosis due to a limited amount of public information.
"Some people need to be hospitalized, and they take weeks and weeks to recover," Gupta told host Wolf Blitzer. "Some people have more of the colloquial walking pneumonia and don’t take that long. Maybe that’s what she has, but we just don’t know."
Senior staffers on the Clinton campaign have become ill with a similar sickness, including campaign manager Robby Mook, People reported earlier on Monday.
Gupta said that prior to receiving antibiotics, there was a good chance Clinton "was contagious" and "may have gotten it from somebody in the office or given it to somebody in the office."
Blitzer later compared the transparency of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign with his medical history to what he called the lack of transparency regarding Clinton’s medical records. McCain (R., Ariz.) faced scrutiny over his health due to his age and history of melanoma. Blitzer noted that McCain’s campaign released an "enormous" amount of medical records.
Gupta acknowledged that "in 2008, Senator McCain was much more forthcoming at that point. I’m sure it was because of some of the pressure about releasing medical records."