The coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant toll on the United States. Not only has it plunged the economy into a recession, but it is first and foremost a public health crisis. Over 7 million people have contracted the virus with 200,000 of those infected dying.
But things just got worse, in an unfortunate turn the White House has experienced an outbreak. Among those infected include the President of the United States Donald Trump his wife Melania Trump, and many, many more White House officials.
Donald Trump has assured his followers that he is in good spirits and health. Yet some commentators have noted that his treatments were indicative of a more severe case. He was given supplemental oxygen and underwent multiple rounds of drug treatments.
Over the weekend he received care from the staff at Walter Reed Medical Center. He has tweeted that he will leave the hospital early Monday evening: “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.” he tweeted. “Feeling really good!”
He moreover made statements to the public about how they should perceive the virus. He said “do not be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really good drugs & knowledge.”
The physicians treating President Trump corroborate his claims of good health. They noted that “though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluation, and most importantly his clinical status, support the President’s safe return home.” This statement came from White House physician Sean Conley.
While it is certainly good news that the President is recovering successfully, many have expressed their discontent regarding the timeline of his diagnosis. Some speculate that even when he had his positive diagnosis, he was knowingly exposing his supporters to the virus through his campaign trail rallies.
The administration has yet to comment on this theory and will not disclose when the President last received a negative test result. This has resulted in a high degree of skepticism and criticism from the US population, especially from more liberal individuals.
Overall, if this incident has proved anything, it is that nobody is immune to the effects of the virus. Everyone is at risk of contracting the novel virus and as such it is imperative for individuals to take necessary precautions. This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and having good hygiene habits.