President Donald Trump continued to recklessly spread false information about the coronavirus on Wednesday night during an interview with Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity, even going so far as to claim that World Health Organization reports on the outbreak are “false”.
One of the most reliable sources of information on the coronavirus thus far has been the World Health Organization, which reports that coronavirus has a fatality rate between 3 and 4 percent. The body also strongly advises people take proper precautions such as self-quarantining and calling their doctor if they suspect they’ve contracted it. That means staying at home because the virus is highly contagious.
But Trump has been desperately insisting that all is well and that the virus is not a big deal as part of his effort to get re-elected in November because he knows the pandemic and his failure to properly respond to it could sink him.
And he continued telling lies about the outbreak during a phone interview on Hannity by claiming that the World Health Organization is wrong on the numbers and went on to suggest people who are sick with the virus can go to work.
“Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number,” Trump said. “Now, this is just my hunch, and, but based on a lot of conversation with a lot of people who do this, because a lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people, so you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu, and, or virus, so you just can’t do that.”
“So we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that just get better, by, you know, sitting around and even going to work – some of ’em go to work – but they get better,” he continued. “And then when you do have a death, like you’ve had in the state of Washington, like you had one in California, you had one in New York, you know, all of a sudden it seems like three or four percent, which is a very high number, as opposed to a fraction of one percent.”
“But then again they don’t know about the easy cases, the easy cases don’t go to the hospital, they don’t report to doctors or the hospital in many cases, so I think that number is very high,” Trump concluded. “Personally I would say the number is way under 1%.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
In this clip, Trump:
1. Denies WHO’s coronavirus death rate based on “hunch”
2. Calls coronavirus “corona flu”
3. Suggests it’s fine for people w/ Covid-19 to go to work
4. Compares coronavirus to “the regular flu,” indicating he doesn’t get the difference pic.twitter.com/uC9c03zX31
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 5, 2020
Trump provided zero evidence of his claims and did not identify a single person he allegedly got his information from. In fact, the math totally debunks his claim. Out of 158 people who have contracted coronavirus in the United States, 11 people have died, equaling a 6.96 percent fatality rate or nearly seven times the 1 percent number Trump pulled out of his a**.
Also, this virus is incredibly contagious, which means going to work would infect others. And even though you may be healthy and strong enough to handle the virus, many of the people you work with may not be. You are putting their lives in jeopardy by irresponsibly going to work just because Trump said you can.
This is why we need government health officials to be able to do their job instead of censoring them so they can’t tell the American people the hard truth. Trump is not telling the truth. He is pretending that this pandemic isn’t anything to worry about so he can benefit politically. He’s absolutely wrong and more people are going to die because of him.
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