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Trump's COVID-19 Recovery Isn't A Sign of the US's Recovery

Armand Yazdani

Posted on October 17, 2020 16:01

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Although the president has recovered from the disease, many Americans face much worse, sometimes fatal, outcomes.

After US President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus nearly two weeks ago, many news pundits and average voters alike discussed how this development could shape the election and COVID-19 policy. Some news giants discussed how the president’s treatment differed from that of the average American’s. Other articles focused on how recently Trump was tested. But now, the president’s doctor said he is currently symptomless. 

Shortly after, Trump returned to the White House and urged Americans not to let the virus “dominate” their lives. He said that they needn’t fear the virus. However, whether Trump has recovered or not, that shouldn’t enable him to downplay the severity of the coronavirus. Americans shouldn’t use the president’s supposed recovery to downplay the virus when it is still ravaging the nation. 

The fact of the matter is that the coronavirus remains a large threat to the country’s safety. The US has thus far seen 219,803 deaths. Of course, that number varies significantly for specific cities and states. Whilst some states such as Oregon took on early measures to tackle COVID-19, others such as North Dakota and South Dakota rejected mask regulations. Unsurprisingly, those states saw high surges, becoming the highest risk places. Therefore, if the US adopts a lax attitude to combatting the coronavirus, it could see more than 200,000 deaths faster. And if people claim that a few hundred thousand deaths is a small number, they should bear in mind that roughly 7.6 million Americans got the virus. To say that COVID-19 regulations are “dominating” the lives of people only misrepresents its danger. 

Above all, Trump’s recovery from the virus doesn’t mean other Americans will fare as well. As mentioned above, more than 213,830 people died of the coronavirus in the US so far. To some, that number may seem small, although 213,000 deaths should never be seen as small. However, many more Americans will still suffer the severest of symptoms from COVID-19. Millions of Americans have chronic health conditions, which would increase their risks of severe illness if they got the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 60% of Americans have at least one chronic disease that could possibly verify their COVID-19 symptoms. For many Americans who do contract the virus, they won’t die, but they’ll be feeling more sickly than they anticipated. The disease can also cause negative long-term effects on patients. Lung issues from infection of cells aren’t the only problems that can arise. Runaway inflammation, clot formations, and compromised immune systems are all possible outcomes for COVID-19 victims. 

Trump’s supposedly speedy recovery from COVID-19 shouldn’t indicate that the virus is a minor issue. The coronavirus claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the US and could affect millions more. The number of deaths would be higher if all states adopted this administration’s lax COVID-19 policy, and surviving the virus could still mean suffering its severe symptoms.

Armand Yazdani

Posted on October 17, 2020 16:01

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Source: Politico
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