The Trump situation
As ever with politicians, and especially with Trump, there is the story that we are fed, and there is the truth. And since Trump has told a great many lies (one estimate puts it over 20,000) especially about the pandemic, we take anything that the White House says with a large pinch of salt.
So here's the official story. Trump tested positive on Friday. He had an "extremely mild cough", a blocked nose and tiredness.He was airlifted to the Walter Reed Medical Center, and he's still there. He has tweeted that "I am feeling well!"
And here's the truth. He was given an experimental, unapproved drug Regeneron, which is supposed to encourage the formation of antibodies. Personally, I would not be testing experimental drugs on the President of the USA, but I guess they do things differently there, and rightly assume that senior politicians are expendable.
Ironically, he has not been given hydroxychloroquine, or an injection of disinfectant, or a very bright light.
Saturday morning, Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump had tested positive 72 hours earlier, which put it at Wednesday morning. But then it was realised that this implied that Trump knew he was infected while he made his fundraising trip to New Jersey. When the implications of that sank in, Conley said that he meant that this was day three, and Trump wasn't diagnosed until after that fundraiser.
Conley said "He is not on oxygen." Translation - that means that, at this moment in time, he is not on oxygen, but rather leads us to think that oxygen has not been part of the treatment. It turns out that it was.
An inside source contradicted the "slight sniffle" story. "The President's vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery," the source said.
So - make up your own mind. You can believe the person who, in February, knew that this was a serious air-transmitted pandemic, but chose to lie to Americans "to avoid panic".
Or you can believe the people who contradict him.
So, what will happen now?
The election of November 3, isn't going to be postponed. As long as Trump is alive, he will continue to be the candidate.
But he's always tried to project an impression of strength, and a week-long stay (at least) in hospital is contradicting that. His big rallies are all cancelled. His campaign has run out of money, on account of either fraud, or drunken-sailor-type spending in the last few months by his campaign management. And the worst thing is, the one big issue that he's been trying to ignore and pretend isn't any kind of big deal, has jumped up and bitten him really hard, and ensured that the big story in the weeks to come will the the pandemic.
I wish him a full recovery, just as I wish the other 7.5 million Americans a full recovery. And it will be so much better for America when he is crushed in the election than if he dies of the virus that he called a hoax.