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I think many people misunderstand the essential nature of the Resident's relentless spewing of lies. Many say they should properly be classified as bullshit, because he doesn't care whether what he says is true or false. But I would go further. He actually inhabits a universe in which whatever he says becomes the truth.Here is an AP timeline of just some of his lies about the coronavirus epidemic. Note a common quality of many of them, e.g.Asked, for instance, by CNBC on Jan. 22 if there were worries about a pandemic, Trump said, " No. Not at all. And — we're — we have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine. "In February, he asserted that coronavirus cases were going “very substantially down, not up” and told Fox Business it will be fine because “in April, supposedly, it dies with the hotter weather. And that’s a beautiful date to look forward to.”" It ’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear,” he added on Feb. 27.“It’s got the world aflutter, but it’ll work out,” Trump told a meeting of the National Association of Counties on March 3.He believes his words have power over reality. This form of delusion is actually a common feature of conservative thought. Anthropogenic climate change means that the so-called Free Market ™ must be constrained by publ...
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Authors: Ambrosino I, Barbagelata E, Ortona E, Ruggieri A, Massiah G, Giannico OV, Politi C, Moretti AM Abstract In December 2019 a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China causing many cases of severe pneumonia. World Health Organization (WHO) named this disease Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The infection has rapidly spread across China to many other countries, and on March 12, 2020 the WHO declared pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. As of May 16, 2020, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in more than 4,490,000 patients, associated to 305,976 deaths worldwide; in Italy 224,760 COVID-19 cases have been reported with 31...
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Authors: Yadav SR, Kumar R, Gupta N, Ish P, Chakrabarti S, Kumar A Abstract To the Editor Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first notified in December 2019 from Wuhan, China. Now, it has spread rapidly and has been declared a pandemic affecting over 200 countries with widespread morbidity and mortality. It has been postulated that the most vulnerable population are the elderly, people living in crowded areas, children and immune-compromised individuals, such as people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The correlation of tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malnutrition are well documented and hence, peop...
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