Hillary Clinton advises Americans against heeding the President's medical advice on the coronavirus pandemic, given that he thought it was a bright idea to look directly at a solar eclipse, according to The Hill.
Trump has been taking the advice of medical experts, and consulting with Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control. So to not take his advice is to not take the advice of the nation’s top experts.
The former Secretary of State tweeted, “Please do not take medical advice from a man who looked directly at a solar eclipse.”
Clinton is making a reference to Trump removing his protective eye-wear during an August 2017 eclipse and looking directly up into the sky.
Clinton has been critical of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, proposing several policy solutions that would be immediately implemented by the White House were she in office.
One proposal would be for the federal government to implement quarantines and federally fund paid sick leave, tweeted Clinton.
Trump's handling of the COVD-19 coronavirus outbreak has been a frustration to Democrats, as now more than 46,548 people in the United States have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been helping to ensure that Trump stays well informed, he told the magazine Science.
In the interview, Fauci said he's been working with the White House's coronavirus task force so that all the facts surrounding the pandemic are up to date and accurate although he's admitted to having some difficulty retaining Trump’s attention on these issues.
"I can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down," said Fauci.
Trump has repeatedly said that China could have disclosed the discovery of the coronavirus as much as four months ago. The disease emerged in city of Wuhan, its location of origin, in November. Doctors began warning of the contagion in December, but were silenced by the Chinese government.
Trump has discussed a potentially successful treatment for coronavirus via the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, among others, although the FDA has neither authorized the drug nor given evidence of its efficacy.
“The information that you’re referring to specifically is anecdotal,” said Fauci of the drugs. “It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can’t make any definitive statement about it.”
Both Canada and the UK are also investigting these anti-malarial drugs for treatment of coronavirus.
Banner Health, a US healthcare company, released a statement on Monday revealing that two patients had taken chloroquine in an attempt to cure their coronavirus, resulting in one patient dying while the other is still in critical condition. However, the drugs that the couple took were actually an anti-parasite medicine for fish, that listed chloroquine on the label, and had nothing to do with the prescription medicine that is used to treat malaria.