by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-09-01

On the 30th of August, a tweet was registered from the Twitter account belonging to former American Business Executive and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, ridiculing extreme vigilance towards COVID-19.

The Controversy of the Tweet and the Mystery behind the Tweet Emerging from Cain’s Grave:

The former Chief Executive Officer of Godfather’s Pizza, Herman Cain, aged 74, lost his life to COVID-19 on the 30th of July after being admitted to the hospital for about four weeks.

Post his death, his daughter Dr. Melaine Cain Gallo addressed people and publicized the family’s decision to continue posting on his social media handles and websites under ‘The Cain Gang.’ Referring to the family’s decision, Melanie wrote, “He would have wanted us to do this. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Following Melanie’s announcement, Cain’s twitter account was explicitly and vigorously sharing news and reports with a relatively Conservative undertone. The controversies and backlash arose when ‘The Cain Gang’ shared a Research published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which started COVID-19 as the sole reason for death in only 6% of the cases.

The news was shared with a caption disparaging media and health authorities for inflating the real impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The tweet read- “It looks like the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first made it out to be.”

Several users re-tweeted the tweet and ridiculed The Cain Gang’s callous approach towards the Pandemic. Moreover, Herman Cain lost his life to COVID-19, thus, making the family’s comment rather disrespectful not only to Cain but the medical community serving meticulously.

The Cain Gang entirely misconstrued the statement issued by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. While the research aimed at studying the contributing conditions involved in the deaths due to COVID-19, it also established that COVID-19 increased the mortality rate in patients with other prevailing medical conditions.

The Cain Gang used this research to poke fun at the media’s advances to invoke responsibility and wariness amidst people.

The COVID-19 virus has severe effects on millions’ health and has claimed approximately 183 thousand lives till now. Being aware of the impact and the extent of transmission of the virus is integral to curbing further adversities. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention proposes that masses follow the required health protocols and comply with the regional, state, and federal guidelines.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Tuned.

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