Trump minions block medical recommendations

March 10, 2020

Culture, Politics, Uncategorized

Source: Wikipedia

A stable genius would normally refer medical issues to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, but President Trump’s brilliance spans beyond international diplomacy, economics, and politics. He and his minions know more than scientists. That’s why they’ve dismissed climate science and, now, clamp down on doctors.

Sample a recent Associated Press headline: “Official: White House didn’t want to tell seniors not to fly.” That seems benign until we read the lead paragraph: “The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press.”

Apparently, the president’s instinctual love for medicine prevails over research. “I like this stuff. I really get it,” he said during his recent visit to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. “People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

Call me paranoid, but I face a problem: I’m filed with “high risk” Americans, what with chemotherapy reducing my resistance to disease, and I’ve got fiduciary and relational obligations to try to stay alive. Thus, I’ll take any expert advice that’s out there — not Twitter or Facebook advice or warped information from conspiracy theorists — but sound data-informed counsel, which is the C.D.C motif. Granted, only a relative few Americans have been reportedly infected: 754 as of this writing (early afternoon, March 10), twenty eight of whom have died. But the trends make me less than sanguine: there were 541 reported cases on March 8; 435 on March 7; 319 on March 6; 158 on March 4; and 100 on March 1.

And then there’s Italy.

Some of my tax dollars have funded C.D.C research and salaries so I can get sound medical advice. The agency’s conscientious officials want us to get what we’ve paid for, so much so that one chose to leak information to the press. I’m sharing that leak here so we can all be well-informed.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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