Trump Gets COVID: “Don’t Be Alarmed”


Washington DC-on Friday October 2, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that he and the first lady Melania Trump had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That same day he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He stayed there for three days and was discharged the following Monday. He is now at the White House still recovering from getting the virus. We interviewed a nurse Travis Harless. Who is a local nurse at Cassia Regional Hospital. To get information about the coronavirus disease. We asked, “How much of a risk is it for a man the age of 75 who is leading an unhealthy life to get diagnosed with Coronavirus?” Travis said it is a very high risk for people who are diagnosed with illnesses like diabetes, or others.” We asked, “ approximately how long does coronavirus last in a person who was recently diagnosed?”Travis responded with, “About 2 weeks once the symptoms are gone.” 


As we all know President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were both recently diagnosed with Covid-19. We asked Travis, in your opinion do you think it is a good idea for President Donald Trump to be going to the upcoming debate? He responded with, “ No it is not a good idea it is better to wait at least 2 weeks after being exposed.” We asked a local student here at Jerome Highschool, Noble Smith, what his thoughts were about President Donald Trump having recently been diagnosed with coronavirus. Smith responded with, “ I think that most of it is fake.” We asked, “ In your opinion do you think that President Donald Trump may have been lying about getting coronavirus?” Smith responded with, “yes.” It is not known for sure whether or not President Donald Trump is lying about having the virus. 


Currently, as President Donald Trump is still recovering, what he had to say about Covid-19 was, “ Don’t let it dominate you. “Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it.” This brought some infectious disease experts some concerns, because the President should be telling people to avoid getting the disease not to accept it and move on. This virus has killed more than 200,000 Americans and Trump suggests to not be alarmed. According to the article, “Trump back at White House after being discharged from Walter Reed,” Trump said, “we have the best medical equipment and the best medicines.” Trump’s comment brought the attention of Dr. David Nace of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. What he had to say was, “ not everyone is as lucky as the president. Not everyone has the in-house medical unit and access to experimental treatments.”President Donald Trump could have handled the situation differently by encouraging people to continue practicing social distancing, and any other requirements to prevent anymore exposures to the virus without alarming people, and creating chaos.