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Trump’s fight with COVID-19 adds fresh fuel to the misinformation fire he started

With the president hospitalized, his doctors evading basic questions and an election 29 days away, chaos reigned after Trump tested positive for the virus that’s killed more than 200,000 Americans. Now, after a four-day stay at Walter Reed medical center, the president said he will return to the White House. But more questions than answers remain.

Unlike a normal residence, the White House has its own medical unit, offering “full-time” care and facilities for emergency surgery, including the ability to administer supplemental oxygen — which he previously received at the White House — and even a crash cart for resuscitation.

If the president leaves the hospital Monday evening, the situation could become even more opaque. Trump is eager to return to an image of normalcy, but he’s still a high-risk patient in the throes of a wildly unpredictable and deadly virus that seldom charts a linear course to recovery. And because it’s clear that Trump is eager to feign normalcy at any cost with less than a month to go before the election, his return to the White House is not a reliable sign that he’s anywhere near being in the clear.

One result of obfuscating the president’s health? The internet is left to eagerly fill in the gaps.

Top-down misinformation

Doctors provided the first update about the status of Trump’s health on Saturday, but that event backfired, with White House Physician Dr. Sean Conley later admitting that he omitted information in order to keep the president’s spirits high. Conley also threw the timeline of Trump’s diagnosis into question — confusion that’s only been partially resolved since.

The White House’s coronavirus outbreak is a big opening for opportunists, according to Yonder, an AI company that monitors online conversations and tracks disinformation. In an online info ecosystem the company says is “broken,” a fresh crisis is rocket fuel for false claims and conspiracies.

“From groups suggesting the diagnosis was a hoax for political gain to QAnon supporters suggesting it was all part of a plan to isolate and protect the President from his adversaries in the ‘deep state,’ social media continues to act as a weaponized rumor mill,” Yonder CEO Jonathon Morgan said.

“In every case, agenda-driven groups on social media are using another national crisis to their advantage, and obscuring the truth in the process.”

On Friday, left-leaning conspiracy theories like #TrumpCovidHoax posited that the

Exactly What Jillian Michaels Keeps In Her Fridge To Fuel Her Fitness (It May Surprise You)

Jillian Michaels’ Fridge Is Filled With Cheese And Supplements | Fridge Tours

  • Jillian Michaels shared a full fridge tour with WH, detailing the foods she can’t live without
  • Packed full of different foods, some of her staples are slightly more surprising than others
  • Michaels has always said it’s about moderation when it comes to her diet, stating that no foods are off limits but there are ‘common sense’ choices to be made

Outside of being a former WH cover star, global fitness icon, mum of two, Jillian Michaels is also a… cheese addict? Go figure.

Showing us around her fridge, Michaels dished on her favourite breakfast combos, why she chooses plant-based milk, and why exactly she has such an enviable supply of cheese. Oh, and why an entire shelf is dedicated to supplements – some for her, some for her kids and some for her dogs.

Kicking off with her go-to beverages Michaels shares her penchant for a strong cup of morning brew.

‘I am a caffeine addict, it allows me to focus more, it improves my athletic performance,’ she says. ‘The key with coffee is that you want it to be organic because coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed edible crops in the world.’ Fortunately for Michaels, one of her investments is in Lucky Jack coffee, an organic brand she drinks two strong cups of daily.

After that, it’s onto her shaker of pre-blended supplements and oat milk – a new preference developed during (and due to) quarantine.

‘To be honest I usually drink coconut milk but with quarantine you can’t find stuff anywhere,’ Michaels explains, going onto share that she doesn’t drink regular milk to minimise the amount of animal products in her diet.

Then, comes the supplement shelf and buckle up, because it’s a lot. Packed full of collagen, greens powder, krill oil, and probiotics, Michaels admits that this is the one area of her health that she goes ‘absolutely off the rails.’

Pulling out product after product of health-fortifying supplements, she says what’s on display is only a fraction of what she takes on the reg.

For snacks, Michaels doubles down on hummus and veggies, organic cottage cheese and various carbohydrates – whole grain bread, gluten-free pumpkin waffles and cinnamon-raisin bagels.

‘I’m not carb-free and carbs are not the devil. I have carbs all the time. Whether it’s toast, sandwiches, pumpkin waffles, fruit, apples, or cinnamon raisin bagels that I have with organic cream cheese for breakfast,’ she says, gesturing to her toned abdominals as a marker of carbohydrates being a necessity to building lean muscle.

Finally, we must ask ‘how much does Jillian Michaels love cheese?’ Well, let us count the ways types. Stocked in her fridge we have:

  1. organic gouda,
  2. organic pepper jack