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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Trump jokingly tells coronavirus patient who’s only ’85% better’ to stay away from him

President Trump speaks during a meeting with people that have recovered from COVID-19, in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
President Trump speaks during a meeting with people that have recovered from COVID-19, in the Cabinet Room of the White House.(Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump quipped that a recovered coronavirus sufferer should “stay away” from him Tuesday after she admitted not being completely back to normal.
The famously germophobic Trump was clearly joking when he made the remark after the woman told him she was feeling “about 85%” better.
Still, it probably wasn’t the empathetic display that White House aides had in mind.
The victim said she contracted the virus early in March but the illness buffeted her in “waves.”
“How are you now?” Trump asked the woman. “Would you say 100%?”
The recovered patient replied by saying she feels about 85%.
“Stay away from me, please. Stay away!” Trump joked.
The woman later said she didn’t want to claim she is 100% recovered because she felt that way before, only to suffer setbacks.
Among the former COVID-19 patients who chatted with Trump was Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit).

The lawmaker has been a prominent voice thanking Trump for promoting hydroxychloroquine, usually a anti-malaria drug, as a treatment for coronavirus.

Whitsett, who credits the drug with helping her beat coronavirus, said hydroxychloroquine should be available for all patients, even though doctors say it is unproven and has serious side effects.

Trump has promoted the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 although it hasn’t been approved by the federal government for that specific use.

Trump also met with a cruise ship passenger who contracted the virus when an outbreak struck the boat.

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