Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel drew some criticism Thursday by suggesting that President Joe Biden’s just-announced COVID diagnosis may explain his “cancer” gaffe.
“When he had all that confusion about cancer and that that garbled speech, it’s very well likely, looking back on that, that he was already suffering from COVID. And COVID causes brain fog, and it causes a certain amount of confusion, and that may take awhile to clear,” Siegel said Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
Siegel offered the analysis a couple hours after news of the president’s positive diagnosis broke.
Given the president’s history of gaffing virtually all the time, critics were quick to roll their eyes and facepalm in response to the doctor’s excuse for why the president said earlier this week that he has cancer.
Oh my Lord! @DrMarcSiegel just blamed Biden’s stupidity and gaffes on Covid 🤦♀️
— AERO207💯ULTRAMAGA (@rebelwitacauz) July 21, 2022
@DrMarcSiegel Attributing biden cancer gaffe to covid. Just stop it.
— Sandy McCloud (@sandy_mccloud) July 21, 2022
Siegel also drew controversy for praising the COVID vaccine, despite the vaccine clearly doing little to nothing to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
Specifically, when asked for his response to reports that the president has tested positive and been prescribed Paxlovid, he sought to compare this light treatment to the kitchen sink treatment former President Donald Trump had received.
“The first thing I want to do is contrast this from when President Trump had this in October of 2020, and I interviewed him, and he ended up with pneumonia in the hospital. He got monoclonal antibodies, he got the big cocktail remdesivir. This is an enormous difference, isn’t it?” Siegel said.
“And the way they should be messaging from the White House is, look, he had two vaccines, he had two boosters. You know we have Paxlovid, which as you mentioned he’s getting. His symptoms are mild congestion, so even at his age 79 and a half years old, the chances are he’s going to do very well. That shows you how far we have come. … We have tools now that we can use that we didn’t have before, and they work.”
Do the tools really work, though?
Writing to Siegel on Twitter, many critics said they don’t.
Hey @DrMarcSiegel why are you pushing for “vaccine 2.0” when your garbage first vaccine doesn’t do a single thing? You medical community shills are cowards. Know this!
— 🚁Roman- (@R0manL8) July 21, 2022
— joelee (@joelee99289221) July 21, 2022
@DrMarcSiegel you seem like a very nice man, yet you’re on tv acting like an expert on Covid and giving advice on vaccines. Yet much of the info you give is untrue or at best unproven. Please reference peer study on Covid vx diminishing symptoms.
— Doug Murphy (@doug_murphy) July 21, 2022
Your interview on Fox just now was the most confusing and backpedaling we’ve heard. Seen First hand horrible side effects from Paxlovid. Looking like a pandemic of the vaccinated. Listen to your colleagues who have chutzpah.
— Babbs (@Pivoting51) July 21, 2022
@DrMarcSiegel Why are you on Fox spreading the propagandist lies of the state? Why not speak on how people who have had Covid are better immunized against Covid than the sheep how have been jabbed 4 times has had 2 or more boosters and now are taking a chemical pill?
— u̲n̲·̲a̲·̲p̲o̲l̲·̲o̲·̲g̲e̲t̲·̲i̲c̲ (@DonBrad78335792) July 21, 2022
To be fair, his critics presumably lack a medical degree like him and other experts. But on the other hand, the so-called “experts” have continually been wrong.
Regarding the president’s diagnosis, thus far only he has tested positive, meaning the first lady reportedly remains COVID-free and will have to maintain her distance from him for a couple days.
. @FLOTUS and @POTUS will isolate away from each other for the next few foreseeable days.
Jill Biden will travel later this afternoon to Wilmington, Delaware, and President Biden will remain at the White House, @MichaelLaRosa46 confirms.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) July 21, 2022
That she hasn’t yet caught the virus isn’t a coincidence, according to Siegel.
“Even within a household, only about one out of three people get it who are actually exposed to it. So with all the exposure that he’s had the last few days, everybody needs to be tested, and for sure some of them could get it, but it may very well be that they don’t because it’s only, again, one out of three,” he said.
The doctor also addressed the president’s fist bump last week with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“The fist bump is not going to prevent spread at all. I think that in close quarters inside, a high-quality mask helps, and I think that obviously not exposing people by not going out and getting frequent testing helps.
Lastly, he gave some advice for the president’s doctors.
“So I would be monitoring this to look for fatigue, for fever, for problems concentrating, for respiratory congestion. Upper respiratory [congestion] and sore throat are most common [symptoms],” he said.
Yeah, except “Sleepy” Joe Biden is always tired and always has trouble concentrating …
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