Donald Trump announced that he was tested for the coronavirus on Friday night but that his results would not come back for “a day, or two.”
WATCH: President Trump tells @KellyO that he has now been tested for coronavirus, and he is awaiting the results of the test; he also asks public to work to get out of habit of shaking hands to help avoid spreading coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/ZS2mzZpP0f
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 14, 2020
But according to virologist and epidemiologist Joseph Fair, the results come back a lot faster than that and should already be known.
“Yeah, I mean, typically a test like this, what we call a RTP-CR [reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction] takes around two hours completely,” Fair explained. “And I would think if the president was tested, it would be a two-hour turn around on the assay.”
People on Twitter took notice of Fair’s comments and wondered why Trump is hiding his test results.
Last night Trump was tested for coronavirus.
The test he took provides results within 2 hours.
So he knew the results by midnight of last night.
This morning Trump said the results will be out in 1-2 days.
What is he hiding?
— Nicholas Ponticello (@NickPonticello) March 14, 2020
Trump clearly has a problem with telling the truth, so I’m gonna need to see the test results before I take him at his word. We really don’t know what the health impact here is, because his administration was not prepared, and tests have been hard to come by. #coronavirusupdates
— Aaron Black (@BlackCatUnloads) March 14, 2020
Trump took the test. The results will be held with his taxes and Deutsche Bank records #coronavirus
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) March 14, 2020
— Wrath of Khan (@WrathOfKhan2016) March 14, 2020
Trump is at the podium now. He looks & sounds horrible- twitching & jerking. The microphone placement looks new- it’s 2 feet from his face. Google images show no set up like this. He says he took the COVID-19 test, results are coming. Something is sticking out behind his L ear pic.twitter.com/0o8725Nnov
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) March 14, 2020
I don't believe he took the test.
I don't believe he took his temp before entering.
I won't believe whatever results of the test he claims.
I don't believe ANYTHING this self-serving pathologically-lying sociopath says.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 14, 2020
TRUMP: "I also took the test last night."
He's awaiting results.
Last night, the WH put out a letter from his doctor stating he didn't need to do so.
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) March 14, 2020
Turnaround time for #COVID19 test results in many other countries is as low as 4 hours. More than 12 hours later and Trump still doesn't haven't the results?
Yes we need more tests but we also need tests with results in hours not days. We are way behind. https://t.co/0nrgzG7Adq
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) March 14, 2020
So he deserves a medal?
In typical Trump fashion, he’ll hide the true results and either lie or say it’s none of our business. https://t.co/diRzZpj70h
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 14, 2020
I figured it out: Trump did take the coronavirus test, but he can’t release the results till the audit is over.
— Joshua A. Geltzer (@jgeltzer) March 14, 2020
It usually takes 4 hours….
— Anne-Marie Picard (@AMPicard1) March 14, 2020
I’m pretty sure those NBA players didn’t wait days for test results
— Elaine Nanney (@ElaineNanney) March 14, 2020
The results will come back along with the second half of his imaginary physical.
— Jeremy Wilcox (@jwilcox79) March 14, 2020