Twitter slaps warning on President Trump tweet claiming coronavirus immunity

US President Trump has become subject to another fact-check warning on social media after claiming immunity to COVID-19.

In a tweet posted on Sunday, the US president claimed that physicians at the White House have given him a clean bill of health, and as a result, he is now “immune” to further infection by the novel coronavirus. 

Trump also claimed he is no longer contagious. 

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“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday,” the tweet reads. “That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!”

After the message was published, Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet. The microblogging platform says the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

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There are currently no concrete indicators that immunity from COVID-19 is assured following infection, and if resistance is built up due to the production of antibodies, it is not possible to know if an immune response is strong enough to fight off another case of the respiratory illness. 

In a statement on Saturday, White House physician Sean Conley said that Trump was no longer considered a “transmission risk to others,” but did not disclose if the president is now testing negative.

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While Twitter may wipe out such messages and remove profiles entirely if they are spreading fake content surrounding the pandemic, as Trump is a significant political figure, the organization has chosen to keep the tweet accessible in the public interest. 

This is not the first time the US president has fallen afoul of Twitter’s rules. In May, a tweet posted by the US president was

Regeneron, Trump, and the Alleged Hypocrisy of the Pro-Life Movement

Have you heard the latest? Trump cannot be pro-life since he used and is promoting the anti-COVID drug Regeneron, which was allegedly developed with the help of fetal tissue. And pro-life organizations are being hypocritical by refusing to condemn the drug. Is there any truth to these charges?

As reported by the UK Metro, “Trump faces hypocrisy allegations after it was revealed Regeneron is made from stem cells originally taken from an embryonic kidney. That kidney was taken during an elective abortion performed in the Netherlands during the 1970s.”

More bluntly, the MIT Technology Review claimed, “Trump’s antibody treatment was tested using cells originally derived from an abortion.

“The Trump administration has looked to curtail research with fetal cells. But when it was life or death for the president, no one objected.”

As for pro-life organizations, a lengthy headline on Business Insider stated, “Antiabortion groups say they stand behind Trump’s use of a drug tested on cells derived from an aborted fetus because the president ‘was not involved with that abortion’.”

How should pro-life Trump voters respond to these concerns?

Let’s say that Regeneron was actually developed with the help of fetal tissue. Does anyone actually think that doctors came to Trump and said, “Mr. President, we have an experimental drug that was tested and developed using tissue from an aborted baby from the 1970s. How do you feel about using this?”

Only the most hardened anti-Trumper could imagine such a scenario. In the world of reality, the very thought of it is absurd. And, even if the fetal tissue charges are true, who knew about this? Was this something that any of the doctors would have been aware of? I very seriously doubt it, especially when, as we shall see, Regeneron itself denies the charge.

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Trump claims he is ‘immune’ to coronavirus, but the science is unclear

  • President Donald Trump claimed that he is “immune” to the coronavirus in a Fox News interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
  • Though experts think that most people develop an immune response after a COVID-19 infection, it’s unclear how strong this response is or how long the protection lasts.
  • There are no indicators that could reliably determine whether Trump is immune to reinfection.
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President Donald Trump claims he is immune to the coronavirus, but there’s no way he can be sure of that.

“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time,” Trump said in a live Fox News interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows.”

Trump also said he had “a protective glow” — a concept which does not appear in medical literature or scientific research about the virus.

A Saturday night note from the White House physician Sean Conley did not mention immunity. Conley wrote that Trump was no longer “a transmission risk to others,” adding that he would continue to monitor Trump as the president “returns to an active schedule.”

“Now you have a president who doesn’t have to hide in a basement like his opponent. You have a president who is immune,” Trump said. “Which is a very important thing, frankly.”

But it’s impossible to know whether an individual is truly immune to the virus. Could Trump get reinfected? If his body has launched a robust immune response, how long will it last?

The president is right about one thing: Nobody really knows.

There is no reliable indicator of COVID-19 immunity

Blood samples are seen in testing tubes during a clinical trial of tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antibodies, at Keele University, in Keele, Britain June 30, 2020.

Blood samples in vials are tested for coronavirus antibodies, at Keele University, UK, June 30, 2020.

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Experts generally agree that most patients

Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Michigan and Nevada, race tied in Iowa: poll

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A CBS News/YouGov tracking poll taken Oct. 6-9 found Trump trailing Biden by six percentage points among registered voters in Michigan and Nevada, 52-46 in both states. In Iowa, both candidates registered support from 49 percent of registered voters.

The polls paint a bleak picture for the president, whose 2016 victory was largely made possible by a narrow win in Michigan, while former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNebraska district could prove pivotal for Biden in November Trump’s drive around Walter Reed: Good instinct or a bad gamble? Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. ‘will ignore’ Trump’s threats against political rivals MORE (D) won Nevada by less than 3 points. Trump won Iowa comfortably in 2016.

Democrats also held the edge in two Senate races measured by the CBS/YouGov poll.

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Twitter labels Trump tweet on coronavirus immunity as ‘misleading’

A tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE claiming that he was now “immune” to COVID-19 after his treatment for the virus last week was tagged by the platform as “misleading” on Sunday.

The tweet in question, posted late Sunday morning, stated that the president received a “total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday.”

“That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” he continued.

The post was hidden several hours later by Twitter content administrators with a tag that reads, “[t]his Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” The tag also directed users to the platform’s blog explaining how content relating to the coronavirus is displayed on Twitter’s platform.

White House officials did not immediately return a request for comment.

A Twitter spokesman told The Hill Trump’s tweet was “placed on a public interest notice” for “violating our COVID-19 Misleading Information Policy by making misleading health claims about COVID-19. As is standard with this public interest notice, engagements with the Tweet will be significantly limited.”

The platform moved in May to implement a policy that would place a tag on posts from world leaders and other significant public figures that contained false or misleading information about COVID-19. Posts from other users that