First of all, we haven’t addressed the real elephant in the room…was the whole thing a hoax? As no medical proof of Trump’s illness has been offered, as with other presidents, we may well be dealing with pure fakery, especially since he is touting an experimental cure he is personally invested in.
Guardian: From getting a helicopter ride to a military hospital with a specialized suite to receiving experimental drugs made available to fewer than 10 people, Donald Trump’s experience with Covid-19 has been very different from that of your average 74-year-old American with a serious illness.
President Trump and the First Lady have access to medical care. They are not fearing financial ruin. They are still making money while they have time to recover
Shouldn't everyone have these things right now?
— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) October 2, 2020
Here’s a look at how different the experience of catching Covid-19 is for the most powerful 74-year-old in the US compared with most of his fellow citizens:
First, there is the simple step of realizing someone has the illness.
Trump had access to regular testing, something most, if not all, 74-year-olds do not.
1. Trump gets the best medical care on earth.
2. He is actively concealing the severity of his illness.
3. AT THE SAME TIME, he tells people not to be afraid of covid as we cross 210,000 dead Americans and cases are rising again.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) October 5, 2020
As a white male, Trump was less likely to test positive for the virus. Though testing rates are similar across racial and ethnic groups, Hispanic patients were more than two and a half times more likely to have a positive result and Black and Asian patients were nearly twice as likely to test positive compared with white patients, according to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
To the half-dozen readers who emailed me asking for an estimate of what Trump's medical care cost, here you go!https://t.co/Ghd1sWrUUd
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) October 7, 2020
This suggests people of color face increased barriers to testing which delay their ability to get a diagnosis until their condition is more serious.
People who test positive for Covid are usually told to monitor their symptoms at home, no matter what their age. read more