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Trump has 'cold-like' symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, and may have been showing signs of the virus as early as Wednesday
  • President Donald Trump is reportedly displaying mild, cold-like symptoms after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
  • Trump attended a number of meetings and events over the course of the past week.
  • The president was at a fundraiser in New Jersey, coming in contact with roughly 100 people, on Thursday.

QAnon, the far-right, and some left-wingers are all spreading conspiracies about Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Following President Trump's announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19, conspiracies are spreading on social media.
  • QAnon supporters claimed that the president's announcement was cover to vanish from the public eye to fight child-abusing elites.
  • On Twitter there was speculation from progressives that the president's announcement was part of a plot to win reelection.

No, the US military did not mobilize its 'doomsday planes' in response to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis
  • The appearance of E-6B Mercury aircraft, sometimes called "Doomsday Planes," on a flight tracking system around the same time President Trump announced that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked speculation that the US military was preparing for a crisis.
  • US Strategic Command told Insider that the flights were "pre-planned" and that "any timing to the President’s announcement is purely coincidental."
  • The Joint Staff told another reporter that "there's been no change to our alert levels" and that "the US military stands ready to defend our country and its citizens."

Why President Trump's positive COVID-19 test is good for the markets, according to Fundstrat's Tom Lee
  • President Trump testing positive for COVID-19 could be good for the stock market, according to Fundstrat's Tom Lee.
  • The development could be a positive one in the sense that more Americans, specifically skeptics of the virus, should begin to treat the virus seriously and follow protocols to help limit the spread of the disease, Lee said.
  • Increased compliance with mask-wearing and social distancing protocols could help squash the recent uptick in daily COVID-19 cases, which would help the economy reopen both faster and safer.

Trump's COVID diagnosis refocuses the campaign on the pandemic, a topic the president needed to avoid to catch up to Biden
  • President Donald Trump is quarantining in the White House residence, left all but powerless to reset his reelection campaign around issues like the Supreme Court and the economy following his positive test result for COVID-19.
  • While some world leaders like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw a bump in approval from the public following a coronavirus diagnosis, it's very doubtful Trump will beneify from a similar phenomneon.
  • In tracking polls on Trump's handling of the coronavirus, the data analysis site FiveThirtyEight found just over 56% of Americans disapproved of his handling of the pandemic while 40% approved of it as of Oct. 1.
  • This seismic development means Trump will have a harder time than ever leaning on his net-positive ratings on handling the economy, and he is running out of time to turn the tides.

Trump suggested US troops or police were to blame for infecting White House staff just before he tested positive for COVID-19
  • President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 just hours after his aide and close adviser Hope Hicks did.
  • Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday evening, Trump suggested that members of the military or law enforcement may be responsible for giving Hicks the coronavirus.
  • "It's very hard when you're with soldiers, when you're with airmen, when you're with the Marines, and the police officers," he said. "When they come over to you, it's very hard to say 'stay back, stay back.' You know, it's a tough kind of situation."

Trump likely had the virus during the debate, according to medical experts
  • The leading data and CDC guidance on COVID-19's infection window, along with assessments from public health experts, point to Tuesday night's debate in Cleveland as a potential spreading event for the coronavirus, with President Donald Trump likely contracting the virus beforehand given when he tested positive.
  • Trump was "likely infected between Saturday and Monday," according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
  • It takes five days on average for the virus to be detected from the point of infection, according to CDC research, usually remaining detectable for up to 14 days, with some exceptions.
  • Debate moderator Chris Wallace said Friday that his doctor advised him to wait until Monday to get a test, citing the delay of its detection leading to possible false negative results before then.
  • "The significance of that to me is that if the president had a test yesterday and had tested positive, then I think he had the coronavirus during the debate," Wallace said Friday on Fox News.

JPMorgan's quant guru details 2 ways Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis can lift markets
  • President Trump's contraction of COVID-19 could improve the stock market's outlook in two ways, Marko Kolanovic, head of quantitative and derivatives strategy at JPMorgan, said Friday.
  • In one hypothetical posed by the bank, a mix of voter sympathy, increased turnout, and mild coronavirus symptoms could lift Trump's odds of winning a second term.
  • A Trump victory would vindicate the president's efforts to rapidly reopen the national economy, Kolanovic said.
  • A more serious infection could lower tensions between Democrats and Republicans and boost Republicans' odds of winning congressional elections, the strategist added.

Trump's positive COVID result is a reality test
  • Trump has tested positive for COVID-19, which means he now faces another test — a reality test.
  • A few weeks before the election we will see if Trump can accept his diagnosis and change his behavior.
  • World leaders have tested positive before. When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson got sick he started taking the pandemic seriously and saved lives. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro did the opposite and Brazil's COVID death toll is around 145,000.
  • Trump may have to choose between continuing his campaign and accepting reality. But that's only if he's lucky, sometimes COVID is so ferocious it does not offer choices.

Trump's executive order is already scaring companies away from diversity training, CEO says
  • Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson said in a tweet Thursday that a recent executive order from the Trump administration banning certain types of diversity training at federal contractors already caused her to lose a a client.
  • Emerson said the type of training her startup provides does not violate the executive order, but that this company ended it just to "play it safe."
  • She said that other companies are holding off on diversity training altogether because of confusion over the order.
  • Paradigm is especially known for providing training to Silicon Valley startups and big tech firms, which have historically struggled to achieve representation of minorities in their workforces and C-suites.

Minnesota Trump supporters say they're not concerned about getting sick after attending Trump's rally and fundraiser just days before he tested positive
  • President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus just days after holding a rally and attending a private fundraiser in Minnesota, where he had close contact with a number of people.
  • Some Minnesota GOP officials have already rushed to get tested, but several Trump supporters who attended various events told Business Insider they weren't overly concerned.
  • Two supporters said they took COVID-19 seriously, and therefore took health precautions during the Trump events, including distancing themselves from others and wearing masks.
  • But another supporter dismissed the idea of getting tested. "COVID has been blown way out of proportion," she told Business Insider.

Amazon sales of certain thermometers, masks, and pulse oximeters skyrocket overnight after Trump tests positive for COVID
  • Amazon sales of certain thermometers, disinfecting wipes, and fingertip pulse oximeters spiked on Friday, after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
  • For example, sales of Femometer's medical oral thermometer spiked 248% overnight on Amazon, according to Jungle Scout data.
  • Some companies have spent months preparing for a spike of sales that may accompany a second wave of the pandemic.

The coronavirus' average incubation is 5 days, and people may be most contagious a day before symptoms. Here's what that means for Trump's contacts.
  • President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus early Friday morning.
  • The virus' average incubation period — the time between when a person gets infected and when they test positive or show symptoms — is five days.
  • Research has found that infected people shed the most coronavirus the day they start showing symptoms and the day before.

Trump's recent COVID-19 diagnosis has ignited interest in the possibility of him invoking the 25th Amendment. Here's how it works.
  • The 25th Amendment formally outlines the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve.
  • Section IV allows the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president from office.
  • Americans have been particularly interested in the amendment since President Donald Trump took office.

Trump's refusal to wear a mask may have led him to be exposed to more coronavirus particles — raising his risk of severe infection
  • Trump's failure to consistently wear a face mask raises the risk that he was exposed to a higher dose of the coronavirus.
  • If Trump wasn't wearing a mask when infected, he would probably have taken in a larger amount of virus particles than he would have had he worn protective equipment.
  • Some research suggests that being exposed to higher doses of virus can lead to more virus in the body, which could cause more severe illness.

Trump visited these airports, golf courses, and other public places in the past two weeks. Here's how they're responding to his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, close adviser Hope Hicks, and others withing his sphere all tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
  • Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday evening, where he will undergo additional testing and treatment, after developing symptoms.
  • Over the past two weeks, Trump has been hitting the campaign trail, holding crowded rallies at airports around the country, where he has frequently been seen without a mask and ignoring social distancing guidelines.
  • These are the places outside the White House Trump has visited since Friday, September 18, spanning the 14-day period he could have had the disease before symptoms showed up.
  • It is unclear how or when Trump contracted the virus.
  • Joint Base Andrews — Prince George's County, Maryland, Multiple dates. Did Trump wear a mask: No, and passengers reportedly have refrained from wearing them while on board as well.
  • Morristown Municipal Airport — Hanover, New Jersey October 1. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Trump National Golf Club Bedminster — Bedminster, New Jersey, October 1. Did Trump wear a mask: No, though Trump reportedly spoke outside, at a distance, to attendees who wore masks and were themselves distanced, according to
  • Duluth International Airport — Duluth, Minnesota, September 30. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 30. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Private home of Cambria CEO Marty Davis — Shorewood, Minnesota, September 30. Did Trump wear a mask: Uncertain, though attendees and catering staff were reportedly rapid-tested before entering, according to local ABC affiliate KSTP 5.
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport — Cleveland, Ohio, September 29. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Presidential debate at the Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, Ohio, September 29. Did Trump wear a mask: No. Trump's family members also removed their masks in violation of the Cleveland Clinic's policies, as did others who helped Trump prepare, according to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
  • InterContinental Suites Hotel Cleveland — Cleveland, Ohio, September 29. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown.
  • Trump National Golf Club — Washington, DC, September 27. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown, though Trump frequently hasn't while golfing during the pandemic in the past.
  • Harrisburg International Airport — Middletown, Pennsylvania, September 26. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown.
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport — Newport News, Virginia, September 26. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown.
  • Trump International Hotel — Washington, DC, September 25. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown.
  • Dobbins Air Reserve Base — Marietta, Georgia, September 25. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Cobb Galleria Centre — Atlanta, Georgia, September 25. Did Trump wear a mask: No, though Trump appeared to avoid shaking hands with former NFL star Herschel Walker.
  • Trump National Doral — Miami, Florida, September 24-25. Did Trump wear a mask: Unknown.
  • Miami International Airport — Miami, Florida, September 24-25. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Cecil Airport — Jacksonville, Florida, September 24. Did Trump wear a mask: No, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appeared to use the same microphone as Trump, was also maskless as he took photos in close proximity to attendees.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport — Charlotte, North Carolina, September 24. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • US Supreme Court — Washington, DC, September 24. Did Trump wear a mask: Yes.
  • Pittsburgh International Airport — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 22. Did Trump wear a mask: No, and Trump was photographed in close proximity with several supporters.
  • Toledo Express Airport — Swanton, Ohio, September 21. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Dayton International Airport — Dayton, Ohio, September 21. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Fayetteville Regional Airport — Fayetteville, North Carolina, September 19. Did Trump wear a mask: No.
  • Bemidji Regional Airport — Bemidji, Minnesota.September 18. Did Trump wear a mask: No.

Parler, the social media network of choice for the Proud Boys, says its activity tripled during the debate where Trump mentioned the group
  • Parler, an app popular with Trump supporters and the extremist Proud Boys group, said its activity tripled during the debate where Trump mentioned the group.
  • Parler markets itself heavily on its lack of content moderation, and is used by many who, like the Proud Boys, are banned from other sites.
  • A spokeswoman told Business Insider its activity tripled during and after the debate, and it had 266,000 active users in that period.
  • Trump refused to condemn white supremacy during his first debate with Joe Biden, saying instead: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."
  • The Proud Boys celebrated Trump's comment by creating merchandise and using it as a recruitment drive.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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