When President Trump used a White House press conference to ponder out loud as to the potential solutions to the Covid-19 crisis, including ultraviolet light and injections of disinfectant, cameras zoomed in on the face of the US government’s coronavirus response coordinator, Dr Deborah Birx.
Dr Birx’s non-verbal reaction to the president’s suggestions – which are at best ineffective, at worst more deadly than the virus itself – has sparked memes and raised questions.
Some have asked how eminent scientists can sit quietly in the presence of unscientific statements and leave them unchallenged. Others have expressed sympathy for Dr Birx’s position; no one can envy the task of advising this president, at this time.
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