During the debates, President Donald Trump followed a formula when answering COVID questions. First, he claims 2.2 million Americans would have died if not for him. Then, blames Joe Biden, followed by proclamations of a powerful treatment right around the corner.
As a doctor, I’ll try to clarify.
First, Trump did announce a limited travel ban from China in January, but only after 40 other countries did. Subsequently, he downplayed the severity and ignored scientists, knowing how bad the virus was.
Next, he blamed Biden, who last I checked was not president. Trump ignored the 35-page pandemic playbook Biden and Obama left for him and disbanded the pandemic response unit. Had Trump used that advice and listened to public health experts, we would be better off.
Finally, and most importantly, Trump states that we are through the worst of the pandemic. That’s not true. Cases in Iowa have risen sharply. As of Oct. 28, 1,680 Iowans have died, including 22 that day. This disease is deadly and unlike Trump’s claims, there’s no imminent cure. Winter is coming; rates are climbing.
It’s time for proven leadership. That’s Joe Biden. Do your part, vote and wear a mask.
Peter J. Kaboli, MD, MS