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MIAMI, FL — After Trump held a crowded, mostly maskless rally in Sanford, FL, Monday, and announced another rally on Friday in Ocala, physicians from across Florida today called on him to immediately cancel Ocala’s rally, and halt future rallies in the state and across the country. The call comes as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in the state, and yet another new wave of cases crashes upon the United States. At the same time, health experts can’t be sure that Trump isn’t still contagious after being hospitalized for COVID-19.
“Trump holding rallies in our state while disregarding public health measures to mitigate the virus, as so many continue to die or suffer from COVID-19, is disrespectful to Florida families,” said Dr. Bernard Ashby, Miami cardiologist and Florida State Lead for the Committee to Protect Medicare. “By continuing his rallies while flouting his own administration’s CDC recommended guidelines, Trump is setting the absolute wrong example for our country, which needs to learn how to exist in the COVID19 era.”
Although Trump has tweeted inexplicably that he is “immune” to the coronavirus, the White House has not released any definitive negative COVID-19 testing results, and whether those who’ve been infected with COVID-19 remain immune remains unknown. In fact, Dutch researchers recently reported the first death understood to have resulted from a reinfection by the virus. And someone with a mild or severe case of COVID-19 may be contagious only for 10 days, but people with more severe cases, like those who have been hospitalized like Trump, could be contagious for 20 days — meaning Trump could still be shedding the virus.
“If I were President Trump’s physician, I would absolutely recommend that he abstain from political rallies and any events where he could infect other Americans or further risk his own health,” said Dr. Mona Mangat, an allergist and immunologist in St. Petersburg. “While Trump is fortunate to have had health care and access to treatments that seem to have helped him survive COVID-19, many Americans who may attend his rallies, or come into contact with those who have, don’t have access to that same insurance, and almost certainly wouldn’t receive the same experimental drug cocktail Trump did. For him to leave them in the lurch just to make himself feel better with a political rally is selfish and irresponsible.”
While Trump resumes his political rallies, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has begun confirmation hearings on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who has publicly expressed opposition to the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA were overturned by the Supreme Court, Americans with pre-existing conditions would no longer be guaranteed affordable health options. This would include the millions of Americans who have tested positive for COVID-19 who would now be classified as having a pre-existing condition.
“As a physician and financial planner, I’ve seen firsthand how the Affordable Care Act has provided health and financial security to Floridians with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer,” said Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, a Jacksonville physician, financial planner and educator at the University of Florida. “The fact that the Trump campaign requires attendees to sign a waiver in case they get infected with COVID-19 makes it clear they recognize their supporters could end up with a pre-existing condition, and the fact that they’re rushing an anti-ACA Supreme Court nominee shows they just don’t care if Americans with pre-existing conditions can get the care they need to live.”
About the Committee to Protect Medicare
The Committee to Protect Medicare is an advocacy organization made up of frontline doctors engaging in direct advocacy and communications in support of a stronger healthcare system in America. To learn more: https://committeetoprotect.org/
NOTE: The physicians above are speaking in their capacity as members of the Committee to Protect Medicare. They should be identified only as indicated in this news release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2020
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