Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19
By Jane Cameron
This past week, President Trump contracted COVID-19 and subsequently spread the virus throughout the White House and city of DC.
Since Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, over 30 White House staff have been diagnosed. In addition to this large number within the White House, COVID-19 has spread to others who have been in contact with the President’s team, and on Tuesday, the city of DC reported that 105 new coronavirus cases have arisen. This is the highest number of cases in the city since June.
President Trump tweeted Friday morning that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for COVID-19. Following this announcement, Trump was transported to the Walter Reed Medical Center and hospitalized. Between medical officials’ reports and Trump’s upbeat messages via twitter, the public received mixed messages about the president’s state. It was announced that Trump had been put on oxygen and injected with various drugs multiple times. Despite these reports, Trump left three days after arriving and returned to the White House residence. Nonetheless, the White House physician expressed concern, declaring the president “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.”
The United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases with almost 8 million total cases reported. This is due to the country’s late response to the pandemic, and it has only worsened as the President has encouraged his supporters to not wear masks or listen to social distancing guidelines. As the election nears, Trump has hosted campaign events that do not follow public health guidelines. Trump’s blatant disregard for the pandemic has led to hardship throughout the country, and recent events prove this virus is inescapable.
Trump’s failure to take the virus seriously led him to refuse to quarantine after learning that Hope Hicks, his close adviser, had tested positive for COVID-19. Guidelines from the CDC state that Trump should have undergone at least a 20 day quarantine period in order to guard against the danger of him spreading the virus after being exposed. Nonetheless, he did the complete opposite and made a mockery of the rules set in place to keep the people of his country safe. Trump proceeded to continue with his normal schedule, which included hosting a 200-person fundraiser in New Jersey.
It is problematic that the President has decided he does not need to be vigilant when it comes to taking the virus seriously. However, it is even more worrisome that he actively encourages the public to follow his lead in being negligent. When returning from the hospital he tweeted “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
Trump is actively in contempt of guidelines and risking the health of others. Following his Hospital visit, he rode down the streets of DC to wave to citizens and exposed his Secret Service bodyguards to the virus. A senior administration official then reported that Trump has already reemerged in the Oval office. Trump also announced he planned to attend the second official presidential debate that was intended to take place October 15; this would blatantly disregard quarantine guidelines citizens are expected to take. Fortunately, the Commission on Presidential Debates made the decision to move the debate to a virtual format. A pattern of superiority in Trump’s actions has been displayed throughout his recent diagnoses and sets an unacceptable standard for those he is supposed to lead.
As the world experiences second waves of the virus hitting various countries and death rates spike, it is alarming that the country is not gearing up for the hazards in its trajectory. Instead, Trump is minimizing the destructive consequences of the ongoing pandemic and putting more lives in jeopardy.
Jane Cameron is a sophomore majoring in journalism and mass communication, from Fairfield County, Connecticut.
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