President Trump Asks Folks to be Germaphobes Like Him to Avoid Coronavirus

UN Human Rights
US President Donald Trump

Coronavirus has become an international threat to health. The deadly virus is spreading quickly in Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world than in China where the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year.  Over 43000 confirmed cases and over 10000 deaths had been reported globally with China being the most affected by the Coronavirus disease ( COVID-19).

The deadly virus was also detected for the first time in Estonia, Denmark, Georgia, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria. In the US, where health authorities are dealing with 59 cases, President Donald Trump sought to calm concerns. President Donald Trump yesterday declared that the US was “very, very ready” for the coronavirus.

To those who fear getting infected with coronavirus, he advised them to be germophobes like him. He said his habit is exactly what’s needed for protection against the easily spread and potentially fatal coronavirus.

“I do it a lot anyway as you probably heard. Wash your hands, stay clean. You don’t have to necessarily grab every handrail unless you have to. When somebody sneezes, I try to bail out,” he said during a press conference in the White House.

Trump narrated a recent close encounter with someone who was sick and how he dealt with it.

“I had a man came up to me a week ago. I hadn’t seen him in a long time. I said, ‘how are you doing?’ He said ‘fine, fine. He hugs me. I said ‘are you well?’ He said ‘no, I have the worst fever and the worst flu.’ And he’s hugging and kissing me,” Trump recounted, acting out the encounter for journalists. So I said ‘excuse me.’ I went and started washing my hands,” he said

He mentioned that the US might have to restrict travel to Italy, South Korea and other countries as a result of the outbreak, but now was not the right time. Americans were asked to be ready for what could become a wider outbreak requiring such steps as school closures.