United States President Donald Trump declared himself immune from the Covid-19 virus on Sunday, October 11.
Trump who is currently preparing to resume campaigning against his rival Joe Biden, commented that:
“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but I’m immune.”
Speaking during an interview with Fox News, Trump’s comments came shortly after his doctor confirmed that he was no longer a transmission risk:
“You have a president who is immune… so now you have a president who doesn’t have to hide in a basement like his opponent.”
Trump hinted that his rival Joe Biden may well be infected with the virus himself:
“If you look at Joe, he was coughing yesterday horribly and grabbing his mask, as he’s coughing. And I don’t know what that was all about, and it didn’t get much press.”
eNCA reports that it remains unclear whether or not contracting Covid-19 offers immunity, with early studies suggesting patients would be safe for a few months and perhaps even longer.
The World Health Organisation weighed in on the subject, commenting in August that:
“For Covid-19, we do not yet have enough data to confirm if antibodies protect, what antibody levels are required, or how long protection will last.”