‘But what has happened to the US President is just science catching up with him, despite the bubble of protection he has been encased in since the pandemic began. It is a bubble he has time and again defied, publicly, energizing millions of other Americans to do the same…’
THE whole world was taken aback, some not necessarily unhappily, when news broke that the President of the United States had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Donald Trump, who on the debate stage recently mocked his rival Joe Biden for always wearing a mask, was now afflicted with the same virus he had so often belittled — and for which he had suggested such cures as hydroxychloroquine or shooting Clorox up the veins while publicly saying he was not going to wear a mask. Admitted to the US Army’s Walter Reed hospital, I am certain that none of these treatments he had suggested were going to be used on him – although unconfirmed reports of truckloads of Clorox entering the hospital compound have yet to be verified.
Trump is the latest in a string of US administration officials (plus the First Lady) who have tested positive following public events in which social distancing and mask wearing were not practiced.
To think that there’s less than 30 days before the Presidential elections of 2020.
Trump has at least two risk factors working against his favor. He is over 70 years old. He is obese. While his state of health is generally said to be good we have yet to hear a White House spokesman claim that he is at the 85% level for a man of his age. You can bet that any such statement will be met with a barrage of more questions and will be mocked by commentators. (Iba talaga sa Pilipinas.)
But what has happened to the US President is just science catching up with him, despite the bubble of protection he has been encased in since the pandemic began. It is a bubble he has time and again defied, publicly, energizing millions of other Americans to do the same: gather in close proximity to others sans the precautions that health authorities worldwide have been urging on the populace.
Trump, of course, wasn’t the only world leader to mock the virus. While he didn’t threaten to slap it away the way PRRD did, at least PRRD was an early convert in wearing masks in official functions where he was to be close proximity to others. The same could not be said for the US President; he didn’t even learn a thing or two from his British friend, Boris Johnson, who had also caught the virus and had needed to be hospitalized for two weeks or so.
Or from Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
Bottom line, the message to every American who, like Trump, ignored the warnings and believed that bravado would overcome the virus anytime is simply “Think again.” If one of the most powerful and most protected persons in the world can come down with COVID, thus putting his life at risk, then anyone is at risk. And if this news out of Washington has not shaken awake some Forever Trumpers then there’s nothing more anyone can do. Because, as the Filipino saying goes, “Aanhin pa ang damo kung tanga ang kabayo.”
Buy your supply of Clorox now before it goes out of stock again!