Coronavirus gives Trump big stage for pet medical theories

first_imgSuper genius Trump’s strong opinions on scientific matters are wide ranging.He scorns renewable energy and says that wind turbines cause cancer. During a solar eclipse in 2017, he ignored doctors’ advice and looked directly, without sunglasses, into the sun.He has little time for the nearly unanimous world scientific position on manmade global warming and pulled America out of the Paris climate agreement.The colorful, overweight real estate entrepreneur has declared thumbs down for exercise, saying that his elderly friends who worked out all now are “going for knee replacements, hip replacements.”In some quarters, Trump draws mockery, but his supporters often nod in agreement as they listen to his theories during rallies.Trump credits “good genes” for his self-declared medical savvy, specifically from a “great super-genius” uncle, John Trump, who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”I like this stuff. I really get it,” the president said in March during a visit to laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control, early in the pandemic crisis.”Every one of these doctors said, ‘how do you know so much about this?'” he claimed.”Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.” America, Dr Trump will see you now.While US President Donald Trump admits he’s not actually a doctor, he’s long been convinced of his scientific talents — and the coronavirus pandemic has given him the ultimate stage to test his theories.The Republican leader’s announcement Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for almost two weeks as a preventative measure against COVID-19 was a shock. While Trump claimed to have “heard a lot of good stories,” the anti-malaria drug has not been cleared for such use and US regulators warn it can be highly dangerous.On the other hand, the announcement was no surprise: Trump often goes his own way when it comes to science, even mid-pandemic.In April, he mused during a press conference with top health officials whether disinfectants used to kill germs on surfaces could also be injected into coronavirus patients.”Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?” he asked his stunned audience. The next day, Trump said he’d been speaking sarcastically, though there was no hint of sarcasm in his voice. The president’s idiosyncratic approach is most visible on the issue of masks.Long after government doctors recommended wearing masks as a globally accepted way of slowing the viral spread, Trump and his staff went without.This month, after two White House employees with access to Trump got the coronavirus, the order finally went out for everyone to cover up. Except Trump.He even pointedly declined to be seen in a mask while touring a mask-making factory in Arizona.center_img A way with doctors Where Trump has undisputed success is in getting exactly the reports he needs after check-ups with his doctors.This dates all the way back to 1968 when Trump, then an athletic-looking young man, was diagnosed with bone spurs in his heels, leading to exemption from the military draft to fight in Vietnam.Trump has said he doesn’t remember which doctor examined him. A 2018 New York Times article quoted the family of a podiatrist who rented property from the future president’s father saying that the diagnosis was given as “a favor.”Other than golf, 73-year-old Trump does no exercise and loves fast food. He has heart disease and is clinically obese.But the official health reports since his 2016 election campaign have been glowing.”If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” his then-personal physician, Harold Bornstein, wrote in 2015.Lab results were “astonishingly excellent.”Bornstein later recanted, saying in 2018 that Trump “dictated that whole letter.””I just made it up as I went along,” he told CNN.By then, Trump was in the White House and the sterling reports kept coming in.”It’s called genetics. I don’t know. Some people have just great genes,” his then White House physician Ronny Jackson said in 2018.”I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.” Topics :last_img read more

B’ville indoor track teams finish well at state qualifier

first_imgOn the boys side, the big highlight was Steven Miller setting a school record in the weight throw and advancing to the state meet with his opening toss of 54 feet 11 ½ inches. Miller also was seventh in the shot put with 44’1” as Alex Boak was 10th (46′ 11 1/2”) in the weight throw.Connor Waldron ran 600 meters in 1:25.54, tops among large-school runners to reach the state meet and second overall behind the 1:25.03 from CBA’s Joel Gaffney.In the 4×800 relay, the Bees’ quartet of Waldron, Jack Michaels, Colin Delaney and James Cary led all large schools with a time of 8:29.46, though it was second overall to Westhill’s 8:20.06.Sam Mellinger ran the 55 sprint in 6.75 seconds to reach the final, where he went 6.78 seconds for fifth place, just off the state qualifying standard.In the 4×200, Mellinger, Malik David, Robert Thompson and David Mahar finished third in 1:36.39. Quinn Peters, Nate Hludzenski, Justin Barkley and Logan Hayes were ninth in the 4×400 relay in 3:50.59.Thompson had a fifth-place long jump of 20’5 3/4” as Aidan Priest tied for seventh in the boys pole vault, clearing 11 feet, with Sarah Smiley getting seventh place in the girls weight throw by heaving it 35’8 1/4”.Madison Kennedy, Avamarie Davis, Bailey Nicholson and Carley Desimone were sixth in the girls 4×400 relay in 4;32.38 as Ella Smith cleared 8 feet for 11th place in the girls pole vault. Allyson Surowick was 13th in the long jump with 14’9” and 16th in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.88 seconds.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor track Once in the final, Ekure improved to 7.35 seconds, behind only Institute of Technology Central’s Fannie Kumeh (7.32), but Addario, who was third in 7.41 seconds, got the time she needed to join Ekure in the state meet.From there, Ekure and Addario teamed up with Courtney Bostic and Hannah Johnson to beat the field in the 4×200 relay in 1:48.85, just ahead of ITC’s second-place 1:49.66.Ekure also finished second in the 300-meter dash in 42.27 seconds behind the 42.01 from ITC’s Karizma Brathwaite, while Addario’s triple jump of 37 feet 1 ½ inches trailed only the 37’7 3/4” from Utica Proctor’s Tamiah Washington.center_img A fine season for each of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams continued with their combined efforts at Tuesday’s Section III state qualfiying meet at SRC Arena.With berths in the March 7 state meet at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex at stake, the Bees proved successful in having boys and girls athletes advance.Karen Ekure and Lauren Addario both reached the finals of the 55-meter dash, Ekure doing so in 7.39 seconds to advance to the state meet.last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Liverpool and Spurs joined by Schalke in battle for free agent

first_img Nicolas N’Koulou in action for Marseille Schalke are lining up a last-ditch attempt to lure Liverpool and Tottenham target Nicolas N’Koulou to Germany.The two English clubs are hoping to bring the 26-year-old to England when his Marseille contract finishes at the end of the month.Lazio are also trying hard to sign the Cameroonian defender on a free transfer while Sevilla hold a long-standing interest in him.But now sources in France have revealed that yet another club are trying to sign him in the form of Schalke.The German club finished fifth in the Bundesliga last term and are in the market for defensive reinforcements having shipped 49 goals in their 34 games last term.They reckon N’Koulou fits the bill and are now ready to challenge his long list of suitors for his signature. 1last_img read more