Voices: Looking at President Trump's reaction to COVID-19

Category:  Opinions
Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at 1:36 PM

The Spectator is bringing you the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak. See this section of our website for complete coverage of the evolving situation. We ask that you follow CDC guidelines on COVID-19. Stay safe.

In the midst of a global crisis, citizens need to have a competent leader who is capable of protecting their people. In America, we got one attempting to dispel panic, in essence telling them that there’s nothing to worry about when thousands of people are dying every single day.  

New York was one of the first places to be hit hard. They’ve seen a small gleam of hope recently, as it has been reported that the number of people succumbing to COVID-19 are falling, but there’s still room for great concern. We are greatly suffering and our leader is making us feel like we aren’t a priority. 

According to an article from CNN in late March, President Donald Trump had already made more than 30 incorrect claims about the COVID-19 crisis in our country. Among those? That the virus was being blown out of proportion. Since then, more incorrect claims, and a disposition that doesn’t quite match stay-at-home orders being enacted across the country as they try to reduce the number of infections and hospitalizations. 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has been seen holding back chuckles as he listens to the words spewing out of Trump’s mouth in press conferences, including that a nationwide lockdown was not necessary. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Trump was reportedly briefed on the potential harm of COVID-19 as far back as January and February, but dismissed it as nothing threatening, according to an article from The Washington Post, titled “Tracking Trump’s False or Misleading Coronavirus Claims.” 

Other common falsehoods from Trump have included that a person who needs a COVID-19 test can get one, no questions asked; that the spread of the coronavirus is “under control”; and that we should be free of the virus by the time Easter comes (he gave up that dream, extending the stay at home order until the end of April).

His newest timeline boast seems to be getting the NFL started in September. We’ll see.  

Although stay-at-home orders have been issued in many states, this country and many others do not at all have the virus contained. In just the past few weeks in America alone, the number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations of people suffering from complications of COVID-19 has increased greatly, and medical officials are extremely overwhelmed.  

There’s not enough equipment to go around for either patients or medical professionals, and it is projected to only get worse from here. The state of New York is in the epicenter of it all, receiving less ventilators than they asked for. The USA Today reported that about 6,500 ventilators are in use, and they are projected to receive more in the coming days. This is not nearly enough. Other states are experiencing similar shortages, as well.  

So what does this mean for us? Who do we listen to? What are the “rules”? 

According to the CDC, It is highly recommended that you continue to maintain social distancing, which means keeping about 6 feet away from others, as per the suggestion of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; that you do not leave your house unless you have to; that you do not gather in groups larger than 10 people; and that if you display symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately and keep yourself away from others at all costs. The newest recommendation: "Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities."

You should also continue to practice good hygiene and manners, such as coughing and sneezing into the inside of your elbow; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially before touching your face, after coughing or sneezing, or touching an object that others have touched); and disinfecting commonly touched objects often.  

If you abide by these recommendations, it is less likely for you to contract COVID-19. The CDC has posted steps to protecting you and your family from the disease on their website. By keeping ourselves and others healthy by following these guidelines, there is a better chance that we can overcome this crisis.  

Those are the actual facts.

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