President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus status took the world by surprise on Friday when he made the announcement that he and his wife had both tested positive for the Coronavirus. This was an extraordinary development as it in the final stretch of his reelection campaign in which he has flouted all medical and viral experts’ guidance on preventing the disease’s spread.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.
At 74 years old and being overweight, President Donald Trump falls into the highest risk category for serious complications from the disease, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and more than three million people worldwide. And to add to this, the White House had frequently boasted about its extensive testing regimen for the President and those who come into close proximity with him and his aides tagged him the ‘most tested man in the country’ to further prove his blatant claims about the Coronavirus. President Trump had also in the past disregarded practices like social distancing and mask-wearing and at Tuesday evening’s presidential debate, the President had openly mocked his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, for frequently wearing a mask. Trump had also blatantly disregarded medical recommendations from his own Coronavirus task force during the pandemic, proceeding with a busy schedule of packed campaign rallies.
Trump’s diagnosis has further shown how terrible the case of Coronavirus is in the United States despite him painting a rosy picture about it and insisting that the country is ’rounding the corner’ on the disease and claiming that the virus would ‘disappear,’ clashing with the advice and forecast by other experts and medical practitioners in the United States. President Donald Trump had also in the past touted that unconventional practices like the use of Bleach and Hydroxychloroquine would prevent or totally cure the virus. He showed full support for it while claiming that he routinely took it himself to make him invincible to the virus.
‘I happen to be taking it, A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it.’
‘I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.’
Trump also said that he was taking Zinc and that he has taken an initial dose of Azithromycin, or Z-Pak. This was as he put up the controversial video of his ardent political supporter Dr. Stella Immanuel who had openly made claims that she had treated over 350 patients of COVID-19 with a combination of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Zinc, and Zithromax.
She made these claims at a news conference held by a group of American doctors under the aegis of ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC that the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc and Antibacterial Drug Zithromax, were effective cures for the coronavirus disease. These claims were met with a lot of mixed reactions as both critics and supporters alike clashed over the authenticity of her claims.
Hydroxychloroquine had long been used to treat Malaria as well as other conditions such as lupus and arthritis. It is also used to reduce fever and inflammation, and the hope has been that it can also inhibit the virus that causes Covid-19. Some early studies showed that it may be able to shorten the duration of symptoms experienced by Coronavirus patients, while others indicated it had no positive effect at all.
President Donald Trump’s diagnosis has further proved how fallacious her claims are. It has further revealed how Donald Trump and Dr. Stella Immanuel deceived many United States citizens with unnecessary propaganda and misinformation about using Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Zinc, and Zithromax for medical treatment and prevention against the Coronavirus.
Donald Trump’s diagnosis will do little to further his claims that the disease is waning in the United States and undercut his push for states to reopen schools and businesses. President Trump had complained during recent rallies about Democratic Governors who have maintained strict lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus. Although he has revealed that his recovery is coming quicker than normal, it is not yet clear how well he is doing.
He said he was ‘starting to feel good’ and that he was receiving therapeutics he said are like ‘miracles coming down from God.’
‘This was something that’s happened, and it’s happened to millions of people all over the world and I’m fighting for them, not just in the US.’
‘We’re gonna beat this Coronavirus or whatever you want to call it and we’re gonna beat it soundly.’
Thanking the American people for their good wishes, Trump said the true nature of his condition would be revealed in the coming days:
‘You don’t know. Over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,’ Trump said.
So far, Donald Trump has been administered with the experimental Regeneron antibody cocktail, a promising treatment that has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration that was intended to help boost his immune system as he fights the virus and his doctors have initiated the antiviral drug Remdesivir. He will be receiving a five-day course of the drug, which has been shown to shorten recovery time for some Coronavirus patients.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK