Health Experts Sound Alarm As Trump Pretends Everything With COVID Is Hunky-Dory

President Donald Trump gives two thumbs-up upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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October 6, 2020 11:18 a.m.
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No longer hospitalized over a virus he spent months purposefully downplaying to the public, President Donald Trump has been eager to falsely portray COVID-19 as No. Big. Deal.

First, he irresponsibly told the country “Don’t be afraid of COVID” on Monday shortly before leaving Walter Reed Medical Center, where doctors reported that his oxygen blood levels dropped twice in recent days.

Now, Trump’s claiming to feel like a million bucks despite still being infected with the virus and his own doctor’s remark that the President isn’t “out of the woods.”

“FEELING GREAT!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Part of the President’s frantic PR cleanup also involves regurgitating the same comparison between COVID-19 and the flu that he endlessly pushed back when the pandemic hit the U.S. in early 2020.

“Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “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!!!”

In no meaningful sense has the U.S. “learned to live with” COVID-19, given that more than 210,000 Americans have died, the case count continues to grow, and millions are still struggling with unemployment caused by the pandemic.

Additionally, Trump himself privately admitted to reporter Bob Woodward in February that the virus was “more deadly” than the flu.

Multiple epidemiologists and health professionals called out Trump’s dangerously rosy messaging:

Key Coronavirus Crisis Links

TPM’s COVID-19 hub.
Josh Marshall’s Twitter List of Trusted Experts (Epidemiologists, Researchers, Clinicians, Journalists, Government Agencies) providing reliable real-time information on the COVID-19 Crisis.
COVID-19 Tracking Project (updated data on testing and infections in the U.S.).
Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey (most up to date numbers globally and for countries around the world).
Worldometers.info (extensive source of information and data visualizations on COVID-19 Crisis — discussion of data here).
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