Oct 02, 2020
Hours after news broke that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced just after noon Friday that he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have both tested negative for Covid-19.
Biden used the occasion to remind people to "wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands."
\u201cI\u2019m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID. Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.\u201d— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1601655763
Biden's accurate public health messaging stood in stark contrast to the dozens of cases of coronavirus misinformation emanating from the Trump administration--revealed in a report released Friday by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that documents the White House's relentless attacks on scientific expertise.
According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday morning, the president is so far experiencing "mild symptoms" from the virus, though he would not elaborate on what those symptoms were.
\u201cTrump has tested positive for the coronavirus after he spent months downplaying its severity, refused to regularly wear a mask, undercut top scientists, and so severely mismanaged the nation's response that more than 200,000 Americans are dead https://t.co/WeiDEwpBXR\u201d— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeed News) 1601639162
During Tuesday night's debate, Trump mocked Biden for consistently complying with the advice of epidemiologists.
"I don't wear masks like him," Trump said. "Every time you see him he's got a mask."
As Common Dreamsreported earlier today, progressive critics have argued that Trump's diagnosis is not a surprise but rather "a direct and foreseeable consequence of the president's months of lying, callous disregard for public health, and catastrophic mishandling of the federal government's pandemic response."
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