Donald Trump feels immune to COVID-19 as he has now recoverd from the said infection. Studies are uncertain about such implications.
“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but I’m immune,” Trump said in a Fox News interview, a day after his doctor affirmed he was.
“You have a president who is immune… so now you have a president who doesn’t have to hide in a basement like his opponent,” he added taking a jab at the Democrat Biden and his far more mindful approach to campaigning in this pandemic.
During his phone interview on Fox News, Trump went on to suggest that his White House rival could himself be sick.
“If you look at Joe, he was coughing yesterday horribly and grabbing his mask, as he’s coughing,” Trump said. “And I don’t know what that was all about, and it didn’t get much press.”
It is unclear to what degree contracting COVID-19 confers immunity from future infection. Early studies suggest a few months while newer ones have indicated it could last longer.
While it acknowledges that generally a person who recovers from a viral infection is protected against new infection, the World Health Organisation cautioned in August: “For COVID-19, we do not yet have enough data to confirm if antibodies protect, what antibody levels are required, or how long protection will last.”
The Biden campaign has been publishing daily coronavirus tests for their candidate since Donald Trump tested positive on October 1. This landed him in hospital for three nights and derailed his campaign.
There has been less transparency surrounding Trump’s own state of health. His medical team repeatedly refuses to say when he lasted tested negative for the virus. This discretion has ignited suspicions that he may not have been tested for several days prior to his diagnosis.
Trump rallied hundreds of supporters for a comeback event at the White House on Saturday. He is planning back-to-back rallies this week in a bit to save his struggling campaign.