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The White House Is a Coronavirus Hotspot

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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo an American flag files atop the White House after President Donald Trump arrived from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center via Marine One in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

One must really wonder what is going on at the White House.

Some time ago, the President of the United States was transported by helicopter to a military hospital to be treated for the Coronavirus.

Fortunately, after only three days, he was discharged and since then, as if by a miracle, his health seems to be back to normal.

Of course, as President, Trump received medical care that no ordinary mortal has access to but, at the same time, he seems to have a strong constitution.

Since then, as we have seen, he has undertaken an intense schedule of campaign events and speeches, often visiting two or three states each day, and all the while, he . seems to be fine.

But, of course, he insists on not wearing a mask and he continues to also discourage his supporters from wearing them as well.

So, you see that at his events – which I must note can be characterized by populist passion – only a few people wear masks.

At a campaign stop in North Carolina, he was agitated that the Coronavirus issue was the main topic of the day in the news, He said: “COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID.”

He made the following statement: A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don’t talk about it. COVID, COVID, COVID. COVID. By the way, on November 4th you won’t hear about it anymore.”

But we now learn that Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff and other close associates have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

They are all people who work in the White House.

But what is going on? Is it really possible that the country’s power center has been transformed into a Coronavirus nest?

And what message does this send to people? I think there are two messages, not just one:

First, under pressure from the President – who continues to view the issue of the Coronavirus from a political and not a public health point of view – those working in the White House are not taking appropriate measures, such as wearing a mask, which results in people becoming infected.

The second is – or should be – that the people watching them will come to the conclusion, if they have not yet done so, that they must take the Coronavirus more seriously and take the necessary measures – masks, social distancing, effective hand-washing, etc.

And if people are still not convinced by that, let them look at the death toll: at  least 252,000 people have died so far in the United States and at least 1,555,600 in the entire world.