It could be a Hail Mary
Donnie is such a b.s. artist. Most of what he tells you is fake. And so the announcement that he's Covid-positive, naturally, is being viewed with some skepticism. The fact that he has some doctor saying he's infected means nothing, because from Day 1 of his presidential candidacy his doctors have obviously been misleading and even lying.
Would he fake having Covid?
He might. He could make a quick recovery, or never come down with symptoms, which would prove that it's all just a little flu, or even a hoax. In the meantime, there's nothing else on the news for two weeks, and all the bad stories that have come out in the last 10 days fade away. No more debates to lose. Taxes? Who cares. White supremacy? How boring. Plus, you know he has some sort of vaccine surprise coming, so he could throw that in, too.
Would faking Covid gain him many votes? Maybe. And if he knows he's certain to lose without a big play, anything is worth a try. This could be the old Doug Flutie heave-ho into the end zone with time running out.
Meanwhile, he and his pals probably shorted the stock market for this morning's opening, which netted them millions. It would fit Donnie's m.o. perfectly.
So I guess we'd better hold off on the obituaries. This could be real, but it may be just another pack of lies.