Letter to the Editor: Inadequate

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Maypole
Posted 4/13/20

Inadequate Donald Trump’s leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is inadequate. Six weeks into the pandemic, Donald Trump has yet to provide cohesive or coordinated national leadership. He …

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Letter to the Editor: Inadequate

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Inadequate

Donald Trump’s leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is inadequate. Six weeks into the pandemic, Donald Trump has yet to provide cohesive or coordinated national leadership. He downplayed this deadly virus from the outset and wasted months that could have been used for ramping up. Trump surrounds himself with incompetent supplicants afraid to make independent decisions, further delaying a federal response. He touts untested treatments and drugs that may injure patients.

Nearly a half million Americans are infected with COVID-19 and 15,000 have died. Without a coordinated federal response, more people will die. America lacks adequate testing, medical equipment, protective gear, and support for medical personnel. Limited testing artificially reduces numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, but hinders data driven decision making.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Tony Fauci said, “that the early inability to test was a failing of the administration’s response to a deadly global pandemic.”

Patients and health care workers need protective gear, increased capacity, and ventilators. Trump does not use presidential powers to help states, instead individual states and the federal government are in bidding wars to obtain equipment. This benefits businesses but does not help fight COVID-19.

Currently, Donald Trump is pushing a lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act. This will take health insurance from 400,000 Coloradans and 800,000 Coloradans may lose coverage due to preexisting conditions.

Donald Trump should act like a president and lead a national coordinated effort to combat COVID-19.

Joanne Maypole, PhD, Westminster

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