On Sunday, social media platform Twitter flagged a tweet in which President Donald Trump claimed he was now “immune” to COVID-19 after receiving treatment for the virus. Twitter hid the president’s tweet behind a warning, stating that it “violated Twitter rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information” related to the coronavirus.
Trump wrote in the Tweet: “A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump’s tweet referenced a memo by his personal physician Dr. Sean Conley in which he said the president met Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria to safely emerge from isolation and is “no longer considered a transmission risk to others” but made no mention of immunity from the virus. The White House has also not confirmed whether Trump has tested negative since contracting the coronavirus.
The president also claimed immunity on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures saying he could be safe from contracting the virus “maybe a long time, maybe a short time, could be a lifetime” adding it was unclear how much immunity can be expected after recovery. Trump praised the staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he received three days of treatment for COVID-19 stating that the treatments he received were standard and “pretty routine.” Trump’s treatment, however, included an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals known as REGEN-COV2.
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