The US is about to face the most life-threatening wave of the coronavirus in the coming months. Health professionals are concerned because no matter the results of the elections, Trump will still be in charge until January and he will continue to dismiss their advice.
The cases and the death toll are rapidly increasing. Moreover, hospitals are exceeding their maximum capacity. However, Trump continues to claim that they are ‘rounding the corner’ regarding the pandemic.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force has been sidelined completely. He has dismissed the guidelines of several health experts including his health secretary, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the Surgeon General, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He has also threatened to fire the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The White House Coronavirus response coordinator previously avoided disagreeing with Trump on public platforms. However, now due to the spike in cases, she was reported telling the White House officials in a private memo that they need an aggressive approach to counter the pandemic.
A former neuroradiologist who was recently added to the coronavirus task force is the only person whose advice Trump follows. He, however, is opposed to wearing masks and believes that the pandemic will end on its own.
An infectious disease expert from Emory University is concerned that Trump will be in charge of the next few months even if Joe Biden wins. He also proceeds to say that Trump has given up on dealing with the pandemic and has handed over the responsibility to the governors.
The White House communications director, however, came out in support of Trump claiming that he has bought 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests.
Many European countries have also announced stricter measures for the coming months because of the rapidly growing coronavirus cases. Health experts are also worried that if Trump is re-elected, he will see this as an approval of his coronavirus strategy.
He will continue to hold public gatherings and will dismiss any advice from professionals to wear masks. In addition to this, he has continuously given more importance to the economy than to public health.