Healthcare personnel in the United States have reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's claim that people should "go out" and not fear the coronavirus after returning to the White House on Monday from the military hospital where he was admitted.
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Health professionals have accused the president of appearing insensitive to the 210,000 people who have died of coronavirus in the United States and of undermining work in public health.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has told the New York Times that the president's message was "dangerous" because it may encourage his followers - many of whom already refuse to wear masks and downplay the severity of the pandemic - to ignore basic recommendations to protect themselves.
"This will lead to more carefree behavior, which will lead to more transmission of the virus, which will lead to more disease, and more disease will lead to more deaths," Schaffner said.
"They are the most insensitive and nonchalant statements I have ever heard from a president," said Arjun Kaji, a Tallahassee radiologist who lost his parents to the coronavirus.
"Don't let it dominate your life? 200,000 people didn't have a chance to stop it. They suffered from a shortage of PPE in the people who cared for them, they didn't have access to experimental treatments, they couldn't be taken for walks outside the hospital. he overcame so many physical, cultural and social obstacles in the course of his life as an immigrant, that he became a doctor, husband and father, he had no opportunity. And President Trump continues to give bad advice to the country, "says the specialist.
Together with his daughter, Maddelena Kaji, Kaji has elaborated a documentary short film about the lives and deaths of their parents due to COVID-19. Maddelena Kaji has described Trump's tweets as "a slap in the face."
"Oh my God. It's a very bad recommendation," Dr. Tien Vo, who has managed more than 40,000 coronavirus tests at his Imperial County California clinics, told the Associated Press.
Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York University-Presbyterian / Columbia Medical Center, tweeted: "Your [Trump] You tell us: 'Don't be afraid of COVID-19.' But right now, as cases are on the rise again across the country, teachers and health workers are putting themselves in danger because you considered it a political threat, not a public health crisis. "
"210,000 Americans have died. We held their hands and called their families through video calls so they could see their last breath. Your lack of empathy is the greatest threat to the American people. You have failed us."
Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has stressed that the president has access to much broader treatment than the average American. "The president has access to the best medical care in the world, along with a helicopter to transport him to the hospital when necessary. The rest, who do not have such immediate access to care, we should continue to worry about COVID-19, which has killed a million people worldwide in just a few months, "he explained in an email.
Leon McDougle, doctor and president of the National Medical Association, has reiterated that the coronavirus outbreak has disproportionately affected the black and Latino populations of the United States. African Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus at a rate twice as high as their white counterparts.
"When you talk to families in those communities, I'm sure there will be a difference of opinion as to whether this should be considered insignificant," he said of Trump's message.