Donald Trump Continues To Not Take COVID-19 Seriously

Breaking news: COVID-19 infected President Donald Trump has returned to the White House less than three days since announcing he has the virus. It’s a move many see as him refusing to take seriously the deadly global virus that’s dramatically changed the lives of everyone on this planet. That’s right, Trump has returned to work, despite still being infected, as more and more cases are rising in the White House, and as the United States sees 7.4 million people infected and over 200,000 killed by the global pandemic, per John Hopkins University

On Friday Aussie time, the President of the United States Donald Trump announced that he and the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, had caught COVID-19. The very next day, he was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Centre where he spent three days recovering.

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During his three day admission, Mr. Trump had been taking dexamethasone, a steroid that allegedly gives COVID patients some pain relief, but, according to various medical experts, can also lead to psychical derangements, including euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, severe depression and frank psychotic manifestations. During his stay and, within days of testing positive with the deadly virus, Trump was seen in a car waving to supporters—a gesture of sheer propaganda that medical experts labelled as breaking public health advice to quarantine, per BBC. Then, he tweeted that he “feel[s] better than I did 20 years ago.” 

“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” the COVID-19 infected President of the United States foolishly tweeted. “Don’t let it dominate your life.” 

Earlier this morning, Donald Trump left the hospital and returned to work in the White House (???). A video shared on his official Twitter account shows Trump, who earlier this year used the National Guard to remove peaceful protestors from a park for a photo op, emerge from the Marine One helicopter to triumphant music like a greedy dictator ripped out of the Capital in the Hunger Games. Wearing a mask, he removes it once he reaches the White House steps, salutes the Marine One and its pilot, and then walks into the White House without putting his mask back on.

Here we see the beginning of the final act of 2020’s three part performance piece, where Donald Trump, the leader of arguably the most powerful nation in the world, willingly becomes a superspreader, a biohazard and an even greater danger to the world and his surroundings than we had first expected. Since he revealed his diagnosis, 11 of his inner circle have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight of them, including himself, Melania, his former advisor Kellyanne Conway and Republican senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, attended the Rose Garden event ushering in Judge Amy Coney Barnett just ten days ago. Several guests attending were seen not wearing masks and not sitting an appropriate distance apart.

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And, according to The New York Times, the Trump administration is not aggressively investigating the outbreak—in fact, they’re not even going to contact trace attendees or the source of the spread!!! Instead, they’re limiting their efforts to notifying people who have come in close contact with Mr. Trump in the two days before his diagnosis on Friday. They are allegedly cutting out the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, who have been the main source of knowledge and resources for contact tracing in the country. This isn’t even a lazy and messy investigation at this point, it’s a decision that will only create an even greater public health crisis within the White House.

As Trump returns to the White House, his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has confirmed she now has the virus. So, why oh why is Trump returning to work—and not even opting to work from home—and endangering the rest of his team? As Second Nexus reports, Donald Trump Jnr. is reportedly planning an intervention with his big-shot leader papa, and the family is worried about his “manic tweeting.” 

Apparently, ignoring one’s physical health is part of the Trump family DNA: according to Vanity Fair, Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., continued working after his Alzheimer’s disease advanced in the 1990s. It got so bad, allegedly, that the family “created a system so that Fred could think he was still running the Trump Organisation. Every day Fred Sr. would go to the office in Brooklyn and they would give him blank papers to sort through and sign. The phone on Fred’s desk was set up so that it could only dial out to his secretary. “Fred pretended to work,” the family friend said.”

But, Trump isn’t the leader of the Trump Organisation, he’s the President of the United States, and he’s the President of the United States during a global pandemic that’s hitting his country the hardest—again over 7.4 million people have been infected and over 200,000 killed in the United States. He needs to take serious action, wear a mask, stay at home and not infect the rest of the White House, jfc. When you’re the leader of a country with at least 328 million people, Trump’s carelessness and inability to self-isolate is not only insane but self-sabotage.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.