US President Donald Trump and First Lady Both Tested Positive For COVID-19

US President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday night that he had tested positive for Covid-19. So did his wife Melania. Both are in quarantine.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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One month before the U.S. presidential election where he is running for a second four-year term against Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump announced that he tested positive for Covid-19. “Tonight, the First Lady and I tested positive for Covid-19,” the 74-year-old president of the world’s greatest power tweeted. According to the White House doctor, the president should be able to continue to perform his duties “without interruption” and remain at the White House during his recovery.

“Both the president and the first lady are fine,” Dr. Sean Conley said in a brief letter issued by the US executive branch. The management of the epidemic, which has so far caused more than 206,000 deaths in the United States, has gotten strong criticism from his opponents, scientists, and even from some members of his own party. He is accused of sending mixed and confusing signals, but also of lack of compassion for the devastation caused by this virus.

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Too much disinformation on the epidemic

A Cornell University study released on Thursday, a few hours before the Trump test was announced, even claimed that the American president was probably the most important factor in the misinformation about Covid-19. Some 38 million articles, published in English in major media between January 1 and May 26, 2020, were reviewed by a team from Cornell Alliance for Science. The database includes articles published in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as some other countries in Africa and Asia.

More than 522,400 articles have been identified as conveying false information about the coronavirus. In total, eleven categories were identified, from conspiracy theories to miracle cures. The latter was by far the most popular topic, appearing in 295,351 articles, more than the other ten combined. According to the authors of the study, Donald Trump’s comments were responsible for a significant increase in this category, particularly those made at a press conference held on April 24, where he spoke about the possibility of injecting disinfectant into the body to treat the disease.

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