Frontline doctors have nothing good to say about Trump's coronavirus response

If you still know any Trump supporters who haven’t unfriended you on social media or aren’t currently on ventilators after licking every joystick at Dave & Buster’s to own the libs, show them this story from STAT News.

The health news website reached out to several physicians and scientists recently to get their thoughts on government leadership before and during the coronavirus crisis and, hoo-boy, they sure aren’t fans of this administration’s pandemic response.

A few choice comments:

“I’m livid. This is all being mismanaged, and we’re being put at risk unnecessarily,” said Barry Schapiro, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Palm Beach, Fla. “We had ample time to prepare. It didn’t have to be like this.”

Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, said, “The American public doesn’t know that a large portion of this catastrophe was preventable, if not for the sinful incompetence of our leaders. It didn’t have to be like this.”

“What really stunned me, and disturbed me: Even though we had been warned by experts and were well-positioned to act, nobody paid attention,” an emergency physician in New York City, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said. “We seem to have been caught completely with our pants down in the U.S.”

Some doctors lamented the nation’s failure in creating and administering diagnostic tests — a failure that endangered not only the population as a whole, but health care workers in particular:

“These tests are not that complicated, and aren’t that expensive,” the New York physician said. “It’s staggering that we failed so profoundly here.”

In the months before testing began to pick up steam, the disease spread unchecked in U.S. hospitals. Patients with upper respiratory symptoms or pneumonia were admitted to the hospital — “and they were just giving massive viral loads to nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, paramedics,” Topol said.

“This situation has not only put the entire American population at risk of getting sick and dying — it’s endangered our health care force,” he said.

And, of course, Trump’s big mouth didn’t help matters any:

Many physicians placed much of the blame directly on Trump.

His rhetoric has hampered containment efforts, said Terry Adirim, a trained pediatric emergency physician who previously worked as a senior Department of Defense and Homeland Security official.

“There’s still no real leadership,” said Adirim, who now helps lead clinical care at Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine. “On a national scale, who on earth is in charge of handling this pandemic? I’m flummoxed.”

Someone (cough, cough Joe Biden cough) needs to round up these doctors and get them on camera. 

Meanwhile, we grunts in the resistance army will keep pointing out how Trump fiddled with his golf balls while coronavirus churned.

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