Unmasking Trump's narcissism

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“'The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure,'  the US president told reporters on Friday. 'This is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it'"              [The Guardian]

 

'It's wise to wear a mask,' says the CDC.

'It's not the law. Do it voluntarily.'

When asked, would he do it,

Trump promptly said 'Screw it.

It wouldn't be flattering worn by me.

Filed under: Covid-19, protective masks

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  • So long as he keeps testing negative, he doesn't need it. It's supposedly to keep those who are positive but asymptomatic from sneezing on others,not prevent the wearer from getting infected.

  • In reply to jack:

    I kept expecting Trump to raise that arguable justification at his Friday White House political rally. He never did--at least before I turned him off.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I didn't see the whole thing, but I don't think he did. He did say it wouldn't look good when he's sitting behind his Oval Office desk. Appearances. That's most important to him.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Yes, he's more concerned about appearances than "The Bucket Woman" herself, Hyacinth Bucket-pronounced-Bouquet on the old British comedy "Keeping Up Appearances."

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    ...and then there is his twin, Boris Johnson.

  • In reply to jack:

    I can only speculate, of course. But can anyone be absolutely sure that a 'negative' is not a false one? Furthermore, even if the 'negative' is accurate, wouldn't that only mean that he has not contracted it yet?. In any event, I don't think he ponders deeply on this or any other moot point. He probably doesn't want to sport a mask because it would dishevel his do.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That's a very good point. The answer to a test applies only to the time the "question" is asked. Personally, I've never been happier to be able to say "I've just got my same old allergies," even though they are starting to settle in so that I'd better stay inside for a few days.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Mine have started to feel a bit better since I started taking a shot of generic NyQuil before going to bed.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for the idea, Jack. My own allergies are responding well to Benadryl -- and to staying in, aaway from most pollen. I suppose I'll have to get some outside exercise and road-test my new mask today, though.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Away, with just one A, of course -- my fingers are stuttering this morning.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    "I can only speculate, of course. But can anyone be absolutely sure that a 'negative' is not a false one?"

    If that were the case, why is Pritzker crying about not getting enough?*

    Besides that, what it is testing is if he has any COVID-19 DNA up his nose. Apparently, he doesn't. Pence and Jared are willing to take that risk. Fauci and Brix should know what they're doing while on the podium.

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    *Conversely, the testing reportedly doesn't have to do with treatment, but tracing the virus's progress, but I haven't heard much about the epidemiology, in the sense of say, who was the carrier who brought it into Illinois, and how it spread from him or her. All that's been said is that when someone gets it in a nursing home, a whole lot of other people have it, and somehow the police officer got it in the line of duty.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'll add that if he doesn't have any COVID-19 DNA up his nose, odds are there isn't any in his sneeze.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    The CDC seems to think that false negative results are a source for concern. They say, "A negative test result for this test means that SARSCoV-2 RNA was not present in the specimen above the limit of detection. However, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. A negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19. "

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/Factsheet-for-Healthcare-Providers-2019-nCoV.pdf

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