Another day, another egregiously uninformed comment by Donald Trump. Now he’s fantasizing that the coronavirus is fine, just fine, and it will be gone by spring, due to “the heat.” Just FYI, the temperature in April in northern China is 46 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and that is scarcely a climate one would expect to burn out any virus, let alone a virus of which almost nothing is known. In short, Trump’s talking out his a$$, just to have something to say, while people are dying.
Referring to the coronavirus, Trump says he was told by China's President Xi, "By April, during the month of April, the heat generally kills this kind of virus, so that would be a good thing." pic.twitter.com/AbYyX4qRzZ
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 10, 2020
Experts in the field don’t think that Trump is right, surprise, surprise. CNN:
It would be reckless to assume that things will quiet down in spring and summer,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.–
“We don’t really understand the basis of seasonality, and of course we know we absolutely nothing about this particular virus,” Hotez said.–“His hope is our hope,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, referring to Trump’s tweets. “But we don’t have knowledge that it will do that.”