Is that a face mask — or a gag? The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr, has had the functionality of his Twitter account restricted after sharing a video which supposedly breaches the site’s COVID misinformation policy.
Jack Dorsey slapped Don Jr on the wrist for posting footage of the America’s Frontline Doctors Press Conference, which was held outside the Supreme Court on Monday. In the video, doctors from the newly-formed group claim that masks are unnecessary to prevent the spread of the virus, and that there is a cure to COVID-19. The President himself also retweeted the footage. As he told Dave Portnoy last week, ‘It’s the retweets that get you into trouble.’
According to CNN:
‘During the press conference, a speaker who identifies herself as a doctor makes a number of dubious claims, including that “you don’t need masks” to prevent spread of the coronavirus, and that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for the treatment of COVID-19 are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.”
‘”This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax,” the woman claims. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure.”’
So who to listen to — the dubious doctors or the dubious CNN reporters? On the one hand, masks have been credited with the limited spread of the coronavirus in places like Hong Kong — but on the other, if you don’t have COVID-19, you won’t be transmitting the virus by aerosol regardless of what you’re wearing on your face. One problem: if 80 percent of COVID cases are asymptomatic, you might not know whether you’re a carrier.
The doctor, Simone Gold, is certainly being rather liberal with her use of the word ‘cure’: Merriam-Webster suggests ‘treatment’ would be more fitting, as hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax have all been used to treat COVID sufferers as they recover from the effects of the virus. The CDC, however, revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 treatment last month, saying the drug was ‘unlikely to be effective‘.