Anyone Can Get COVID, Even the President
By Andrea Pader
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s life all over the world, from wearing masks whenever going out, to working at home. The reason being is that covid is very easy to spread. Recently, the United States president, Donald Trump, and the first lady, Melania Trump, were diagnosed positive for SARS-COVID-19 one month before elections in the last week of September.
According to Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller from Associated Press News, “...the White House knew Hope Hicks, the aide, had tested positive” as Donald Trump continued to perform business as usual. He attended a fundraiser, even after knowing he was exposed to someone positive, shocking the public as “he returned from an afternoon fundraiser without telling the crowd he had been exposed.” (Associated Press News). Along with possibly spreading covid to his admirers, who come to see him at rallys, Trump’s health continues to be on the line: “He is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at higher risk of serious complications.” We do not know how Covid affects people long term and this information about Trump’s general health and how badly Covid-19 may affect his body is of national concern.
Previous to his diagnosis, Donald Trump attended a presidential debate against Joe Biden. Trump mocked Biden for always wearing a mask in public, using it as a way to fire up his crowd, “I don’t wear masks like him,” Trump said about Biden: “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask...” (Associated Press News). Trump does not regularly wear a mask, putting many people around him at risk. After the debate, Biden went to get tested and his results came back negative to the coronavirus. Many of Trump’s peers and workers in the white house are getting tested. Donald Trump’s daughter and son, Ivanka and Barron Trump, tested negative for the coronavirus as well, but other associates of Trump are not so lucky. The New York Times put out a statement saying,” more White House officials, including Kayleigh McEnany, test positive.” and according to the chart provided by The Guardian, it shows that Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, the senior advisers, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, Mike Lee, the Utah senator, Thom Tillis, the North Carolina senator, Kellyanne Conway the Former senior adviser, and Chris Christie the Former governor of New Jersey, all have tested positive for COVID-19, showing that the virus is spreading throughout our government and the White House. Knowing that the higher-ups in our government are not safe from the current pandemic throws the United States of America into even greater uncertainty right before the elections.