Trump conflates coronavirus death toll with false flu numbers

He made online remarks that received a backlash from Facebook and Twitter for contrasting the death toll of COVID-19 to that of the annual flu.

Trump conflates coronavirus death toll with false flu numbers
U.S. President Donald Trump poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from bein...

President Donald Trump, a coronavirus patient himself, stated on Tuesday that Americans are already learning to live with the pandemic. He made online remarks that received a backlash from Facebook and Twitter for contrasting the death toll of COVID-19 to that of the annual flu.

Furthermore, he departed a nearby White House hospital where he underwent specialized care unavailable to other citizens. The Republican, 74, again underplayed the virus’s impact on social media.

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Moreover, many people die from the flu every year, often over 100,000, despite the vaccine. Are we going to shut down our Country? No, we’ve grown to live with it. Much as we’re learning to live with COVID, even less dangerous in most populations!!!” Trump posted on Twitter and Facebook.

More so, by adding an alert mark on the message, Twitter Inc TWTR.N responded, claiming it contained possibly misleading information. According to CNN, Facebook Inc FB.O deleted the Trump post for violating the guidelines on COVID-19 misinformation.

“This is a lie. The flu doesn’t kill 100,000 a year, “said Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat.

Besides, with over 209,000 fatalities, the United States has the world’s largest death rate from the pandemic. By contrast, in the United States, influenza usually kills between about 22,000 to 64,000 persons a year, U.S. government data shows.

Impact of the Coronavirus

However, the chances of Trump winning the November election received a hit. Meanwhile, millions of workers lost their jobs during the coronavirus lockdown, and he has also tried to promote a return to work during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Trump’s doctor said he was doing “very fine” with no signs of COVID-19. Navy commander Sean Conley confirmed Tuesday morning a team of doctors met with the president.

He had a relaxing first night at home, with no signs reported today. Crucial symptoms and physical tests remain stable, with an ambulatory oxygen saturation range of 95-97 percent, “Conley said in a White House report. “Overall, he’s already doing incredibly well.”

In addition, Trump has no planned public appearances for Tuesday, and it is unknown when he would resume a complete schedule of the role as president and campaign before Election Day, Nov. 3.

Also, he tweeted he is anticipating the scheduled second debate with Democratic election challenger Joe Biden on Oct. 15 and posted that he felt fine.

Trump spent three days in a military facility, receiving extra doses of the antiviral medication remdesivir and steroid dexamethasone. Besides, doctors only administer the treatment in the direst cases.

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