A coronavirus patient himself, U.S. President Donald Trump on Oct. 6 said Americans were learning to live with the pandemic, posting comments online that drew a rebuke from Facebook and Twitter.
A day after leaving the Walter Reed Medical Center for the White House, where he will receive intensive treatments unavailable to most Americans, the 74-year-old Republican again understated the effects of the virus on social media.
“Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter responded by putting a warning label on the post, saying it included potentially misleading information. Facebook removed the Trump post for breaking its rules on COVID-19 misinformation, according to CNN.
The United States has the world’s highest death toll from the pandemic, with more than 209,000 deaths. By comparison, influenza typically kills between some 22,000 and 64,000 people a year in the United States, U.S. government statistics show.
Trump’s doctor said Oct. 6 he was doing “extremely well” and reporting no COVID-19 symptoms.
Many Trump aides and confidants have been diagnosed with the disease since his announcement Oct. 2 that he had tested positive, intensifying scrutiny and criticism of the administration’s handling of the pandemic. (Reuters)