Will President Trump ever take this pandemic seriously?
President Trump's reaction to his COVID diagnosis has been controversial, to say the least...And now, he's gone and given some even more bizarre and potentially dangerous advice on how to "live with the virus."
Now, we were first given the shocking news of Trump's covid diagnosis on Friday, October 2nd.It was confirmed that the President and the First Lady, Melania Trump, had been diagnosed with the virus that has already killed over 208,000 Americans.
Trump tweeted this...Though, at this time, he didn't give any further details regarding his and Melania's symptoms.
Immediately after his diagnosis, the President went into self-isolation.
And floods of well-wishes for him and the First lady began pouring in from all around the world.
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS We have your back President Trump!!! Get well soon 🇺🇸— oregon4TRUMP (@oregon4TRUMP)1601614527.0
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Another First for President Trump. When he and the First Lady recover, it will take the s… https://t.co/pn6U89BPTr— twk_5 (@twk_5)1601629709.0
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Please don’t drink bleach. 🙏🏼 Stay safe.— sameera khan (@sameera khan)1601627257.0
But on the other hand, lots of angry and spiteful messages have been thrown at the pair following their diagnosis.
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS I just can’t be sad. 200,000 Americans have died and he hasn’t shed one tear. That’s 67 9/… https://t.co/jY0xtfdE63— Keller Keller (@Keller Keller)1601615591.0
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Now it’s “WE” will get through this together? Wasn’t it “them” and “us”, red and blue, jus… https://t.co/g14SaslUlA— 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓵𝔂 𝕨𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕤 𝕒 𝕞𝕒𝕤𝕜 😷 (@𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓵𝔂 𝕨𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕤 𝕒 𝕞𝕒𝕤𝕜 😷)1601625335.0
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Lets go @TheSimpsons. Y’all aint never lied https://t.co/GcW1Gbbln1— The Groomer D (@The Groomer D)1601615359.0
@TheRightMelissa @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS I don't wish him death. But isn't it ironic that he's the one who tried t… https://t.co/X4VwLouACQ— Lili 325 Balfour 🙏🐕🚴📈 👩🍳 (@Lili 325 Balfour 🙏🐕🚴📈 👩🍳)1601615616.0
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Trump testing positive is yet another reminder of why Joe Biden has been conducting such a… https://t.co/nriKmXESUq— MURRAY🧢🇺🇸 (@MURRAY🧢🇺🇸)1601615435.0
It's been a divisive topic, to say the least.But many people were, quite rightfully, feeling concerned about Trump's chances of surviving the deadly virus.
Because even though the virus has a fairly steady survival rate...Seventy-four-year-old President Trump is actually in the high-risk category.
The statistics speak for themselves.According to CDC statistics, patients between the ages of sixty-five and seventy-four are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than someone aged eighteen to twenty-nine.
This means that patients of Trump's age have ninety times greater chance of death than others...Which isn't at all good news for the President.
But the White House put many worries to rest.Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, spoke at a live press conference a few days ago where he stated that he is "optimistic the President will have a very quick and speedy recovery."
Meadows explained that the White House's core staff have all been tested for the virus...And said that the President was "energetic" and in "good spirits", adding that he was "staying committed to working very hard on behalf of the American people" Apparently, the first question Trump asked him after his diagnosis was "how's the economy doing?"
Meadows refused to comment on what treatment the Trumps were receiving...But he added that Americans "can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job" but "will remain on the job."
However, Meadows may have spoken too soon.Because, shortly after his statement, it was reported that the president had been admitted to the hospital.
On Friday, Trump was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.This came after he received a cocktail of drugs as a "precautionary measure."
However, he gave off the impression that he was extremely unaffected by the virus.Over the weekend, Trump gave a video update from the hospital, in which he praised the "incredible" Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and revealed that he had "met some of the soldiers" and was planning a "surprise" visit.
He was even snapped leaving the hospital in the back of a heavily-guarded car...And could be seen waving to his fans and supporters.
Of course, many were outraged by the pictures.
"Shouldn't he be self-isolating for fourteen days?" "Isn't he putting his driver and his staff at risk of catching the virus?" "What is he doing?"
The face of utter stupidity! #trump #TrumpCovid #TrumpCovid19 https://t.co/jN59v7uN9F— Jon Horner 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 🇺🇳 (@Jon Horner 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 🇺🇳)1601885492.0
But then, shortly after the photos, Trump came forward with a shock announcement.Taking to Twitter, he revealed that he would be discharged from the hospital later on that day.
The President tweeted this:"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"
Now, telling a country to not be afraid of a virus that has killed 200,000 Americans is an extremely reckless thing to say...
And, of course, people were not happy with his choice of announcement.
@realDonaldTrump Tell that to the 220,000 people who died from #COVID19 #OnYourWatch and their families @POTUS— Greg Rickard (@Greg Rickard)1601969132.0
@realDonaldTrump “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life” great advice, if only the 210,000+ Ame… https://t.co/kgdmamxJKW— Brandon Cruz (@Brandon Cruz)1601969064.0
@realDonaldTrump Tell that to over 200 families grieving for their loved ones. You’re cavalier attitude is a disgra… https://t.co/UIDXTAOtBa— june mitchell (@june mitchell)1601969409.0
@realDonaldTrump It is great that you are feeling better Mr. President and you got the greatest care, but not many… https://t.co/XNyPYHfanm— Agent Boosauce (@Agent Boosauce)1601969646.0
@realDonaldTrump Over 200k citizens have died! Add to that surviving family members and that’s a great deal of peop… https://t.co/H4t5YC5cKF— “Aussie Chick 11” (@“Aussie Chick 11”)1601970207.0
@realDonaldTrump I’m sure all the people that have died would agree; don’t be afraid of COVID?!?!?!— Laurie P (@Laurie P)1601970425.0
@eugenegu @realDonaldTrump Seriously. People are already not taking it serious enough and now he says this. As a co… https://t.co/QMSFBMa47I— JD (@JD)1601941249.0
@realDonaldTrump Don’t be afraid! As long as you have private health care, in house doctor and private helicopter ambulance right?— Daniel Bourton (@Daniel Bourton)1601971773.0
And now, to make things even worse...The President has issued yet another dangerously placid message about the virus.
He tweeted this today:"Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with COVID, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
So apparently, we just have to learn to live with COVID...
The virus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans?
@realDonaldTrump According to the CDC, flu deaths haven't exceeded 61,000 any year in the last decade. COVID is cur… https://t.co/mVj4nrV6lo— Adam Kay (@Adam Kay)1601986504.0