Doctors appalled at Trump's lax social distancing despite COVID-19 status: ‘Epidemiologists just wanna vomit’
Despite the fact that he was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, President Donald Trump continues to be lax when it comes to social distancing practices. Journalist Katie Shepherd, in the Washington Post, reports that some doctors are appalled by the fact that he is walking around the White House without wearing a mask.
Shepherd explains, "Following a weekend of mounting horror among medical professionals and commentators fretting over Trump's handling of his own infection, his actions Monday — particularly removing his mask and walking into a room frequented by White House staff — left them worried and frustrated yet again."
On Monday night, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist, tweeted, "What White House staffer would still wanna go to work tomorrow??? Epidemiologists just wanna vomit." And medical expert Dr. Dena Grayson tweeted, "Trump — who's still infectious — is walking around the @WhiteHouse **WITHOUT a mask**."
This week, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, complained, "There is stuff that is pretty reckless, but at some point, it's just becoming absurd. A person with known contagious deadly disease — without a mask on — is walking into the residence. Other people are around him."
Shepherd notes, "The heightened risk of coronavirus for people working within the White House has had many on high alert as the virus spread quickly among individuals who had close contact with Trump last week. At least ten people who attended a ceremony in the Rose Garden last week to mark the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett have since tested positive for the virus. That risk has been particularly concerning for the staff at the White House residence, where Trump and First Lady Melania Trump — who has also tested positive for the virus — live."