US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter overnight underestimating his risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19, saying he “feels relieved” just one day after leaving hospital
In a plethora of overnight posts, President Trump has said Americans should treat the coronavirus as they do with influenza, saying COVID-19 is “much less lethal,” despite the fact that it is being treated with a combination of drugs himself.
He followed those tweets that claimed Americans should live with COVID while they contracted the flu, and used comparisons to argue against lockdowns.
Despite Trump’s claims, experts said Covid-19 is six times more deadly than influenza and is mutating into new strains.
The allegations were so outrageous that Facebook removed the post entirely.
According to the American political publication, The hillMore than 209,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 this year, more than the past five flu seasons combined.
“The total annual death toll from influenza has ranged between 12,000 and 61,000 since 2010, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The last time American influenza deaths reached an estimated 100,000 was in 1968.”
Ultimately, Twitter placed a warning on the tweet claiming that it “is spreading misleading and possibly harmful information related to COVID-19”. But the post has remained public.
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Trump doubled down on his masculine image after being discharged from the hospital on Monday after four days of emergency treatment for COVID-19, taking off his mask the moment he reached the White House and pledging to quickly get back on track.
Shortly before that, Trump wrote on Twitter that Americans, who have lost nearly 210,000 people to the virus, have nothing to fear.
A series of TV-designed moments allowed Trump to squeeze the limit of his medical layoffs, starting with single-handedly stepping out the large, gold-colored front doors of Walter Reed Military Hospital outside of Washington.
Live on TV, he walked in a mask into a limousine, raising his thumb, before boarding a Marine One helicopter for a quick flight to the White House – which he left Friday after falling ill.
After descending, he climbed the stairs to the plush South Portico porch, visibly removed his mask and gave a 23-second salute to Marine One leaving.
With less than a month to go to Election Day on November 3, polls show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden. Hospitalization left him to hospital struggling more to catch up.
The return to the White House was managed in stages to show that he was physically fit, while a series of surprising tweets revealed the next corner of Trump’s political offensive: he personally defeated Covid and will now lead the country to its comeback.
“I will be back on the campaign track soon !!!” He said in one tweet.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he said in another message, claiming that he feels alive after his illness.
The remark stunned his opponent, who was campaigning on Monday in Florida.
“Say that to 205,000 families who have lost someone,” Biden said.
The former vice president added to his remarks later on Monday at an outdoor town hall in Miami, where he criticized Trump for downplaying the importance of masks.
Biden said: “I hope the president, after he’s gone through what he’s been through – and I’m glad he looks like he’s going well – will pass on the right lesson for the American people: Masks matter.”
And that recommendation seemed to go unheeded, as Trump sent a new, unfiltered message to Americans: “Don’t let it dominate your life – get out there, and be careful,” Trump said in a video on Twitter.
Illness about Trump
The 74-year-old Republican show of courage came the same day his spokeswoman tested positive – the latest in a raging viral outbreak inside the White House.
Despite his claims that he is healthy again, a combination of secrecy, conflicting information from officials and the viral spread among his circle damaged his credibility.
In a testimony at Walter Reed, Presidential Physician Sean Connelly said Trump was “back” but would not be “completely out of the woods” for another week.
Despite Trump’s distinct claim that Covid-19 should not be a major concern, polls show it is a major concern for Americans. His widely criticized handling of the crisis this year is also believed to be the main reason for the polls soaring at Biden, 77.
To illustrate the gap between the reality described by health experts and the challenge to the White House, press secretary Kylie McCannani became the last to announce a positive test result on Monday.
Other positive cases close to Trump now include his wife Melania, his aide Hope Hicks, campaign manager Bill Stephen, two of McNani’s aides according to US media, and more than six others from the president’s circle.
For months, Trump has made the appearance of trying to de-catastrophe and return to his narrative of re-election on a robust economy.
Trump now appears ready to try and claim that by quickly discharging from hospital, he has defeated the virus himself – and will continue to do the same for the rest of the country.
An unofficial White House-style gift shop announced on Monday that it will sell a commemorative coin titled “President Donald J Trump Defeats COVID” for $ 100.
Despite all of Trump’s determination to reassert himself, he has lost several precious days of the campaign that revolves largely around large-scale rallies and his personal image of strength.
The day after announcing his positive test, he was scheduled to travel to the battlefield in Wisconsin, ignoring the fact that he would gather crowds in one of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the country.
Meanwhile, Biden has maintained his slow and steady campaign that has always emphasized health precautions – a shrinking tactic that Trump called weak and mocked recently last week.
The unrest led to extraordinary interest in the televised debate on Wednesday between the two vice presidential candidates – Republican Mike Pence and Biden running mate Kamala Harris – who will be separated by a glass screen of the event.
– With Agence France-Presse