Trump says he will donate his plasma after Covid-19 battle, Internet says Americans will 'rather die twice'
Donald Trump said on Friday, October 9, that he will be happy to donate his plasma to fellow Americans battling the coronavirus after he develops antibodies for Covid-19. "I will. Nobody's asked me that question, actually, but I will. If that's, if they want me to do it, I'd love to do it," Trump said during a "medical examination" on Fox News on Friday, October 9, evening.
The President made this declaration during a "tele-visit" of sorts with Dr Mark Siegel, a Fox News contributor, on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' which was his first on-camera interview since being hospitalized with Covid-19. During the Fox interview, Trump credited his speedy recovery to himself saying he was "a perfect physical specimen" and "extremely young".
Trump's declaration of donating his plasma has attracted a lot of flak from people on Twitter. "I think many people would rather take their chances through Covid-19 than receive plasma from Trump's racist body. @realDonaldTrump," said a user. "I would rather die twice than accepting plasma from Covid-Trump. The guy is terribly sick and the White House-virus went to his brain and nearly destroyed it. It's a disgrace, a shameful disgrace!" tweeted another.
"Holy crap. Trump is offering to donate his plasma but refuses to give a DNA sample. Should be a work around here," read another tweet. "I'm sure if President Trump donated his super-plasma, and it turned into a cure for The Covid, some would rather not take the medicine," read another tweet.
I think many people would rather take their chances through covid than to receive plasma from tRump’s racist body. @realDonaldTrump— Rick (@RickVreal) October 11, 2020
Holy crap. Trump is offering to donate his plasma but refuses to give a DNA sample. Should be a work around here.— NurseSheepie 💙 (@NurseSheepie) October 10, 2020
I would rather die twice than accepting plasma from Covid-Trump. The guy is terribly sick and the WhiteHouse-virus went to his brain and nearly destroyed it.— Igor Solar (@SolarIgor) October 10, 2020
It's a disgrace, a shameful disgrace!
I'm sure if President Trump donated his super-plasma, and it turned into a cure for The Covid, some would rather not take the medicine.— Dave Van de Walle (@Area224) October 10, 2020
On Thursday, October 8, Trump's doctors had anticipated his return to public engagements by Saturday, October 10, after completing treatment for Covid-19. "Today the President has completed his course of therapy for Covid-19 as prescribed by his team of physicians," Dr Sean Conley said in a public memo. "Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness," Conley wrote.
"Overall he's responded extremely well to treatment without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects. Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagements at that time," read the memo, according to New York Post.
Trump had received experimental "polyclonal antibodies" and oxygen at the White House on October 2 after being diagnosed with the virus on October 1. After that, he was hospitalized for three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He arrived at the center by helicopter. He received doses of the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone while being treated at the hospital. The President was discharged on Monday, October 5.