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Respect COVID-19

There are some who had hoped that President Donald Trump’s coming down with COVID-19 would impress upon him the seriousness of the disease and get him to at least start wearing a facemask. But once he got back to the White House on Monday, off came the mask for a photo op and off he strolled, back into the White House, shedding the virus unfiltered for those on his staff that had not yet been infected.

“Don’t be afraid of covid,” the president tweeted.

Well, for those of us who don’t have a physician on call 24 hours a day and who don’t have a Marine Corps helicopter waiting to airlift us to the hospital when we get sick, COVID-19 is still a serious, potentially deadly disease that deserves our respect and attention. We must be ready to protect ourselves and others by continuing to follow the health and safety measures that have been mentioned time and again — wear face masks in public around other people, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, keep a safe social distance from others, stay home if you get sick, and if you do have contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 be ready to quarantine yourself and get tested.

We’re glad the president is feeling better so quickly after being hospitalized over the weekend. And don’t be afraid of COVID-19, but give the respect it deserves.

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