Trump’s New Claims on Coronavirus Immunity “Extremely Dangerous,” Experts Say – National

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After recovering from a virus that killed more than 215,000 Americans, US President Donald Trump is now sending out a new message: that he has become immune to the novel coronavirus, as have everyone else who contracted it .But health experts say this type of message is dangerous – not just because there isn’t enough scientific data to back it up, but because it’s another example of the president downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic.

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Trump began touting his immunity over the weekend, after his doctor, Dr Sean Conley, said the president met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria to end isolation safely and that , according to “currently recognized standards”, it was no longer considered a risk of transmission.

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On Monday, Trump told a crowd of rallies in Sanford, Florida, that his alleged immunity made him feel “powerful.”

“I’m going to enter this audience,” he said. “I’m going to go in there, I will hug everyone in this audience.” I will kiss guys and beautiful women… everyone. I’ll just give you a big kiss.








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The next day, after rehearsing his line on Monday, he went even further, asking attendees at his rally in Johnstown, Pa., If anyone had contracted COVID-19, receiving cheers from some pockets of the crowd. .

“You are the people to whom I want to greet, because you are right now immune,” he said Tuesday evening.

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Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease expert at the University of Toronto, says that while Trump is not necessarily mistaken that COVID-19 patients become immune after recovery, it is not yet clear how widespread it is or how common it is. how long it lasts.

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“We also know that there is credible evidence that people can be re-infected,” he said.

“What is most important is that people should still adhere to basic principles of public health even after recovering and are considered non-contagious. They still have to wear a mask. They still need to physically distance themselves. It doesn’t change. “










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In the hours between Trump’s two comments at the rally, a case report published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal Monday detailed the case of a 25-year-old Nevada man who tested positive in April after showing symptoms. mild, then fell ill again at the end of May. with a more serious fight. The man recovered from both infections.

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In the Netherlands, the National Institute of Public Health confirmed on Tuesday that an 89-year-old Dutch woman, also with a rare form of bone marrow cancer, recently died after contracting COVID-19 for the second time.

Other isolated cases of reinfection have been reported around the world, particularly in Asia and Europe.

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While there is evidence that reinfection is unlikely for at least three months, even for people with a mild case of COVID-19, very few illnesses leave people fully immune for life. Antibodies are only part of the body’s defenses, and they naturally decrease over time.

“What (Trump) is telling people is extremely dangerous because there can be a lot of people in the crowd raising their hands (saying) yes, I have had COVID,” said Colin Furness, an epidemiologist at the ‘University of Toronto.

“Either they didn’t and they think they did, or they did and they only had a minor fight, in which case, oh yeah, they might get re-infected. So his newfound confidence in immunity may actually cause them to get infected again.


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Furness said the available data on re-infection cases suggests that minor cases are particularly susceptible to catching another episode of the virus. Human T cells, he explained, can easily feel comfortable fighting a minor fight so the body doesn’t produce the antibodies needed to ward off a second infection.

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“What he is saying may be completely inaccurate,” Furness said. “And even if it doesn’t, it’s pretty dangerous to say once again, that people with moderate and mild cases are unlikely to be immune at all.”

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Michael Curry, who specializes in infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia, said that in Trump’s case, the president’s experimental antibody treatment could actually create a false sense of immunity.

“These artificial antibodies may have cleared the virus, but that means his body may not have developed the ability to make its own antibodies,” he said. “So when these artificial antibodies leave his system, it may not be protected.”

In addition to taking the Regeneron antibody treatment, Trump was also given the steroid dexamethasone, which is normally reserved for patients with severe COVID.

Other health experts have said severe cases should self-isolate for 20 days after testing positive instead of 10, which is the amount of time Trump spent outside the election campaign.


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Still, Trump returned to public events as soon as his medics cleared him on Saturday and is planning several rallies in key Republican strongholds and swing states in the last two weeks of the campaign.

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Furness said Trump’s strategy and latest virus claims are more signs the president is putting his image on the health of himself and others.

“He’s probably getting very high calling for immunity,” he said. “Even if he had never heard the word immunity from anyone, I think he would be very happy to invent it on his own because he projects force.”

– With files from The Associated Press and Reuters

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