By Charles Magoffin, Charlotte County Dems writer
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director-General declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern; it’s highest alarm level.
From February 7 through March 19, the President held numerous campaign rallies littered with lies about the severity of COVID-19. He made on seven occasions, public statements that not only downplayed the deadly effects of the virus but also reaped praise upon himself for the great job he was doing. On March 19, he privately admitted that he downplayed COVID-19 severity, and still likes to do so.
In those six (6) weeks, the President held seven (7) massive campaign rallies where numerous lies were told about the severity of COVID-19. On September 9, the day that we hit 190,000 people dead in the United States and 119 in Charlotte County from COVID-19, the world saw first hand the President’s priorities.
It’s now clear that the President’s public messaging and lies put millions of lives at risk and ultimately led to untold and unnecessary deaths. In six weeks, Asia (where the virus started) became the best example of how to stop its spread, while the U.S. became the best example of incompetent leadership. Experts say that if we had acted just one week sooner, 36,000 lives would have been saved. If we’d acted two weeks sooner, 54,000 lives could have been spared in March and April alone. Six weeks were quite literally the difference between life or death for thousands of Americans.