Incorrigible and you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
Those were the adjective and idiom that came to mind when US President Donald Trump spoke of his hospitalization with COVID-19 and his action of removing his face mask before striding into the White House and conversing with staffers while still infectious after only three days of treatment.
Any hope we had of the president returning with a sober and mature approach to the pandemic, was dashed when he tweeted the US had “learned to live with” flu season, “just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
The president had earlier said “Now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune“. This is in stark contrast to his doctors’ prognosis that he still required treatment and at 74 years old, he is in the demographic that is most vulnerable to the worse effects of the virus and he will need ongoing treatment.
President Trump’s words and actions since his three day hospital stay, has done nothing to suggest he has started taking the pandemic seriously.
I readily understand a leader’s desire to prevent panic in the population as panic contributes nothing positive to any situation, but isn’t it a better option to acknowledge COVID-19 is dangerous, while encouraging adherence to measures design to mitigate and control the spread of the virus while minimizing the economic fallout?
The President’s reality TV star image of invincibility was shattered as soon as his positive test for the virus was made public so he can drop the act.
COVID-19 is real, dangerous and sometimes deadly! The virus has shown time and time again that it has no regard for one’s position, reputation or status.
The fact President left the hospital walking is not a sign of his superhuman qualities but is more a function of the medical care available to him as leader of the country.
Sadly, over 210,000 Americans and over a million people worldwide have died, many due to lack of access to the quality of medical care President Trump is now using to promote his image as the conqueror of COVID-19.
The responsible thing to do is to promote and encourage adherence to preventative measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
Following public health containment measures appear to be the most sensible approach to achieving the objective of returning to life as we knew it before the pandemic, in the shortest possible time.
I beg to differ from President Trump and declare to all who will listen that COVID-19 is to be feared!
It is to be feared to the point where we scrupulously follow all measures to prevent infections and deaths.
Wearing a mask in public along with frequent hand washing and sanitizing is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of strength!