Donald Trump is spreading dangerous misinformation — again — about the coronavirus on both Facebook and Twitter.
Late Wednesday afternoon the president posted a rambling video to both social media platforms in which he claims, falsely, that there is “a cure” for COVID-19. To be clear, according to the World Health Organization, “there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease.”
Don’t tell that to Donald Trump, however, who fresh out of the hospital following his own diagnosis with the disease told the American public not to worry about it. Speaking of the antibody cocktail he received in the hospital, REGN-COV2, made by the drug company Regeneron, Trump insisted that it was the answer to all our prayers.
“These, I view these, I know they call them therapeutic but to me it wasn’t therapeutic it just made me better,” he stammered. “OK? I call that a cure.”
In case you didn’t get it, he continued to tout the healing capabilities of the drug cocktail and insisted that viewers not believe words to the contrary — presumably from medical professionals.
“But they are, in my opinion, remember this, they’re gonna say that they’re therapeutic and I guess they are therapeutic — some people don’t know how to define therapeutic — I view it different,” said the president. “It’s a cure.”
Again, at present, there is no known cure for COVID-19.
As of the time of this writing, Trump’s tweet had been retweeted over 51,000 times. His Facebook post of the video had over 22,000 shares.
We reached out to both Facebook and Twitter to determine if either company would remove the COVID-19 misinformation, or take action in any way, but received no immediate response. Facebook, notably, is awash in COVID-19 misinformation.
Interestingly, CNN reports that Trump “recently owned shares of Regeneron,” and that the company’s CEO has been a member of one of Trump’s golf clubs. So, yeah, probably nothing to see there.
In the meantime, enjoy the dangerous COVID-19 misinformation spread by the president with the help of Facebook and Twitter.