Trump claims to be “immune” to covid-19 and is ready for electoral combat

President Donald Trump removes his mask before speaking at a rally at the White House in Washington on October 10, 2020 afp_tickers

This content was published on 11 October 2020 – 17:21

(AFP)

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he is already “immune” to COVID-19, in an effort to demonstrate his strength to fight his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, in the final stretch of the 3 elections. of November.

“It seems I’m immune, I don’t know, maybe for a long time, maybe a short time, maybe for life. Nobody really knows, but I’m immune,” he said in a telephone interview with Fox News.

“They have a president who is immune … Today they have a president who does not need to hide in his basement like his opponent,” added Trump, who is seeking a second term, referring to Biden.

Despite Trump’s claims, the issue of immunity to covid-19 is still unclear.

In August, the World Health Organization warned regarding the coronavirus that “there is not yet enough data to confirm whether the antibodies protect, what levels of antibodies are required or how long the protection will last.”

That same month, Hong Kong researchers announced that they had discovered the world’s first proven case of covid-19 reinfection, a few months after the patient’s recovery.

In a brief message Saturday night, doctor Sean Conley said there was no longer any risk of the president transmitting the virus to others.

“I anticipate a totally safe return of the president to his public commitments,” he wrote.

“Total and complete discharge from the White House doctors yesterday. That means I cannot have it (immune) and I cannot infect it. Very good to know!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Shortly after, Twitter tagged that tweet with a warning for violating its rules in relation to the dissemination of misleading and potentially harmful information in relation to covid-19.

On Saturday, the president appeared at the White House for his first public act in front of his followers since the announcement of his infection.

The return to the campaign rallies is scheduled for this week, with an intense rhythm: on Monday he will do an act in Florida (southeast); on Tuesday, in the key state of Pennsylvania (northwest), and on Wednesday, in Iowa (center).

Trump was treated with Regeneron, an experimental antibody cocktail that can give immunity for a few months when applied as a treatment rather than as a vaccine.

“In some cases, vaccines can last decades. (But) if you get it in the form of natural immunity, that is not yet known,” Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer told CBS on Sunday.

“If you get it from our jar (…) probably [la inmunidad] last for months, “he said.

– Sowing doubts –

During the interview with Fox News, Trump, 74, also hinted that his Democratic rival, three years older, might be ill.

“If you look at Joe, he was coughing terribly yesterday [sábado], then he would grab his mask, then he was coughing, “he said.

“I don’t know what that means, but the press hasn’t talked about it much,” he added.

After it was announced that the president had contracted COVID-19, like his wife Melania Trump, Biden’s campaign team publishes the results of the tests that the candidate undergoes daily. So far all have tested negative.

This transparency is not practiced by the president of the United States. His medical team refuses to say when Trump last tested negative.

This stance fuels suspicions that the president did not undergo the covid-19 test for several days before he announced on October 2 that he contracted the coronavirus.

As the nation’s death toll from the pandemic surpasses 214,000, Biden is nearly 10 points, on average, ahead of Trump in national polls. And it has also consolidated its advantage in voting intention in the decisive states for the election.

Faced with these figures, Trump invokes, more than ever, the surprise of 2016, seeking to repeat history.

In a morning tweet, he quoted election statistician Nate Silver as saying, “Trump’s victory in 2016 was the most shocking political event of my life.”

“This time there is more ENTHUSIASM even than in 2016,” he added. “Winning in many states much more easily than people understand. LARGE CROWDS!”

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