White House overruled CDC on recommendation that seniors avoid flying

Could it be any clearer that the Trump administration is more concerned about perception and Trump’s reelection than the health and lives of our citizens?

According to the AP, the White House recently prevented government health officials from recommending that elderly people be advised against flying on commercial airlines. In proposing the guidance, officials had hoped to curb the spread of COVID-19 to a vulnerable population:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the virus, but White House officials ordered the air travel recommendation be removed, said the official who had direct knowledge of the plan. Trump administration officials have since suggested certain people should consider not traveling, but they have stopped short of the stronger guidance sought by the CDC.

On Friday, the CDC quietly updated its website to tell older adults and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to “stay home as much as possible” and avoid crowds. It urges those people to “take actions to reduce your risk of exposure,” but it doesn’t specifically address flying.

Sure, get on a plane. Go to China. Visit a market. Lick a raccoon dog’s asshole. Just don’t stop flying, even if you have the immune system of an inbred infant blobfish.

Whatevs.

We have to keep this Potemkin presidency going as long as we can, because God forbid Dear Leader be exposed as a dangerously incompetent dumbass or something. 

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