Trump during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity made a claim that 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, if you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.” Trump has been accused of undermining the seriousness of the virus, even referring to it as the Coronaflu and earlier claiming that he had a “hunch” that the world health organizations 3.4 mortality rate was false and that he believed it was less than 1%. The United states Corona Virus mortality rate, however, has reached 7.3% with the 11th death yesterday out of a total of 150 confirmed patients.
The main cause of the public backlash, however, was the president’s claim that the reason he believes that the real mortality rate is below 1% is because thousands or hundreds of thousands of people who were infected don’t even bother seeing a doctor since the infection is so mild, and they just get better by resting or going to work. Within hours dozens of media sources posted articles saying that president Trump was telling people who think they might be infected by the Corona Virus not to see a doctor and instead go to work. Trump attempted to save face by tweeting that he never said that people that are feeling sick should go to work and was met with the response of hundreds of twitter users posting the same segment of the interview with him saying, “we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.” Or simply posting a 1-second clip of him saying “go to work.”
As of right now there are currently dozens of articles telling people to see a doctor if they believe they might be infected. Many of the media articles are portraying the President as ignorant of the seriousness of the virus as well as the CDC quarantine procedure stating not to go to work if you are infected.
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Taylor, Adam. “Live Updates: Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 3,000 in China as Global Costs Mount.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 5 Mar. 2020, www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/05/coronavirus-live-updates/.