Rosie O'Donnell did not hold back in an interview this week when discussing how Donald Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic. The comedian and actor said he is a "disappointment" and started by blasted him for calling the whole thing a "hoax."
"There's tremendous confusion, and it comes right from President Trump and it started from him saying it was a hoax, a democratic hoax," she told TMX News.
Trump used those words when talking about COVID-19 during a rally in South Carolina on Feb. 28.
"At this level of iris that he would choose to go that way, I mean — he really is such a disappointment to so many people on so many different levels," O'Donnell said.
"We needed the test kits months ago. No one answered why he decided not to take the World Health Organization tests. I think it was for him to try making the tests in the United States," she said, referencing the extreme lack of testing available.
"We need to — when this is over — to get through the reasons why things happened as they did, so we can makes sure this never happens again. We're looking forward to a time when the nation has a leader they can trust, who doesn't lie to them," she continued.
"The fact that there is no federal leadership is adding to the anxiety that the country has," she said. "In November I think Americans will use their voices loud and strong."
O'Donnell is bringing back her talk show for one night on Sunday to raise money for Broadway casts and crews that are out of work.
In addition to avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and social distancing, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.