The internet has no time for Trump's "don't be afraid of COVID" message

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·3-min read
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Donald Trump has left hospital following a three-night stay, after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. The US President had been sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington DC suburbs to receive treatment for the highly contagious virus.

Trump will now resume care at his home, the White House, where wife Melania is also recovering from coronavirus. But despite the fact he's still contagious, the President stood out on the balcony of the White House, posing for pictures without wearing a mask.

Such a careless act angered people enough, but that was nothing compared to the backlash Donald Trump has received from the tweet he sent declaring his release from hospital.

"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M," he wrote on social media yesterday. "Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"

Uh... yeah.

The United States is the worst hit country in the world by the pandemic, having recorded 7.4 million cases and 210,000 deaths at the time of writing. So you can see why it riled a fair few people up that the President, who is hoping to be re-elected for a second time on the upcoming November 3 election, dismissed the magnitude of the virus so casually.

Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images

As you can imagine, it didn't take long for ~feelings~ to be shared on Twitter, namely about the fact that he's had access to some of the best care in the world, and to treatments that aren't widely available for the rest of the American public. Ouch.

Here's just a small sample of the internet's reaction:

Maybe... think before you type, next time, Mr President?

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