On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, following a week of news that multiple of his close advisors tested positive as well. Individuals everywhere are trying to wrap their heads around the timeline leading up to his diagnosis while being told that the president is “well” and “healthy.”
On Sept. 26, President Trump hosted a ceremony where he announced who he was nominating Justice Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, where more than 100 guests were present. This ceremony was not socially distanced nor did many of the guests wear masks. It then resulted that 8 people who attended the ceremony tested positive for COVID-19, including the President and the First Lady. That same night, Trump flew to Pennsylvania for an outdoor rally.
On Sept. 30, Trump boarded his plane with the Former White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks, to travel to Minnesota in order to attend a campaign event. It is reported that on the way back Hicks began to feel ill and that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1. That same night is when Trump tweeted that he and Melania had tested positive after spending the morning in New Jersey at an outdoor/indoor rally, where many attendees, including President Trump, did not wear a mask. Trump was then taken to the hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. There, he was given a dose of Remdisivor, which has been named a COVID-19 therapy by the Food and Drug Administration. After a weekend in the hospital, Trump was released on Monday afternoon and returned to the White House, where he will be staying in their care facility.
Many people have since questioned the president’s diagnosis with COVID-19 due to his activities during the dates leading up to his diagnosis and his fast recovery time. According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of the coronavirus don’t show until 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. Therefore, if Trump did get sick just one day (following his trip to Minnesota) after having been exposed to the virus, like the public has been told, this would be probable cause to believe that the President’s immune system is compromised, further insinuating that he would not be able to recover in three days. Looking at information released by Harvard, individuals with mild cases begin to recover one to two days after having shown symptoms. There is no possible way, according to this information, that the President could have recovered or felt remotely better after having spent only three days in the hospital.
The White House press has yet to release any negative tests but assures Americans that President Trump is no longer sick. Trump’s Physician, Sean Conely, said that he “did not want to go backwards” when he was asked about the President’s last negative test result.
Looking beyond the fact that this timeline makes little sense, many individuals are coming to the conclusion that the president might be trying to quicken his recovery because he does not want this to impact the election results. President Trump has openly critiqued health experts’ warnings about COVID-19 and him falling victim to the disease is causing controversy amongst his supporters. Trump has already commented on his attendance to the next debate being held on Oct. 15 in Miami, saying that he will be there. He also tweeted that “we are learning to live with COVID-19 [much like how] we learned to live with [the flu],” further perpetuating harmful misinformation that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu. His tweet was censored by Twitter for “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” Since this incident, President Trump has also tweeted controversial words of advice: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
No matter where individuals stand on the political spectrum, it is not hard to see the travesty that this disease has caused, and it seems at least partly due to the president’s disregard of COVID-19’s severity. There are over 211,000 people in the U.S. who have died at the hands of COVID-19. Having a President who has continuously mocked the reality of the virus falling ill with that exact diagnosis has changed many Americans’ perspectives who will be voting this fall.
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