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What the college football mess reveals about Trump's leadership
Back-to-school and college football chaos highlight Trump's failed leadership

More pillars are fast crumbling in Trump's frantic and lie-strewn attempt to convince Americans the nation is back to normal before the election, with chaos already afflicting the return to school and a rite of fall -- college football -- on the brink, Stephen Collinson writes.

Trump's false insistence that children are "immune" from the coronavirus and can't spread it is being undermined by new figures showing that nearly 100,000 kids tested positive for the virus in the last two weeks of July. And some of the first schools that are following his calls to fully reopen are being hit by new viral outbreaks almost as soon as classes begin.

The President, in demanding a return to class and for college football to kick off, is making education and collegiate sports the latest area of American life to be contaminated by his false narratives about the pandemic. Almost all of his assurances about the crisis -- which have tended to minimize its impact and ignore science -- have proven to be wrong.

Trump and top Republicans call for college football season to go ahead, even though conferences are cancelling games because they don't think it's safe
  • President Donald Trump is urging college football authorities to press ahead with the fall season despite the coronavirus continuing to spread in the US.
  • Several conferences and a number of players have already dropped out of the season. Two of the biggest leagues plan to follow suit Tuesday, reports say.
  • Some players have expressed concern for their safety, and demanded extra measures to shield them from the virus.
  • Others have called for the season to go ahead under the #WeWantToPlay hashtag, and are being backed by Republican lawmakers.

Trump claims college football players wouldn't die of coronavirus as Big Ten postpones season
Donald Trump says no college football players would "have a problem" if they contracted Covid-19 because they are "strong," even as officials worry about long-term effects of the disease and the Big Ten postponed its season.

"These football players are very young, strong people, and physically, I mean they're physically in extraordinary shape," Mr Trump said during a radio interview on Tuesday. "So they're not going to have a problem, you're not going to see people, you know, could there be? Could it happen? But I doubt it.

"So I think football is making a tragic mistake," he said of the college game.

Antonio Banderas tests positive for coronavirus
"Hello everyone, I want to make public that today, August 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday following quarantine, having tested positive with Covid-19 disease," Banderas wrote, alongside a photo of himself as a young child. "I would like to add that I feel relatively well, just a little more tired than usual and confident that I will recover as soon as possible following the medical indications that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I suffer and that is affecting so many people around the planet."

Banderas is the latest celebrity to reveal that he has tested positive with the virus. Actress Alyssa Milano took to social media last week to reveal that after several negative tests she tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies.

Alyssa Milano says she's losing her hair after battling Covid-19 for months
The actress has been battling symptoms of the virus since March, when she said she began experiencing fever and headache.

"Thought I'd show you what #Covid19 does to your hair," Milano tweeted along with the video. "Please take this seriously."

In the video she shows her clean detangling brush before brushing her wet hair.

"I just wanted to show you the amount of hair that is coming out of my head as a result of Covid," Milano said in the video.

Holding up a large clump of hair in front of the camera she added, "One brushing, this is my hair loss from Covid-19. Wear a d*** mask."

False claim circulates on Facebook that people cannot catch COVID-19 from infected people or contaminated surfaces
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, does not spread “from person to person”. The posts also claim that people cannot become infected by touching contaminated surfaces. The claims are false; international health authorities say COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person and by touching contaminated surfaces.
Trump could bar US citizens from re-entering country if they have been exposed to coronavirus
Donald Trump is reportedly considering an immigration measure that would ban US citizens from returning home if they have been exposed to coronavirus.

A senior US official has confirmed to Reuters that the draft regulation would allow the government – specifically the Centres for Disease Control – to block entry to all citizens “who could reasonably be believed to have contracted Covid-19 or other diseases”.

If enacted, the policy will make a dramatic addition to the administration’s list of stringent immigration regulations imposed during the pandemic, which go well beyond quarantine rules applied to arrivals from certain countries.