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Recklessness - the Trump Photo-Op and the Spread of COVID-19 at the White House

Hospitalized United States (US) President Donald Trump - a COVID-19 patient, yesterday made a reckless temporary trip out of Walter Reed Medical Center, where he is being treated for the disease, thereby potentially exposing hospital staff and Secret Service agents to the very contagious COVID-19 pandemic, so that he could have a photo-op from a drive-by with a couple dozen supporters standing outside the facility. He subsequently returned to his hospitalization.

And at the White House, today's confirmation of press secretary Kalyeigh McEnany and two press aides also testing positive for the COVID-19 disease, underscores a larger recklessness the White House has exhibited toward the health guideline to wearing a facial mask to combat the Novel Coronavirus. Along with Trump and his wife, some nine people and three Republican Senators, with a connection to the Trump White House, have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

That Trump, who has COVID-19, would make an unnecessary car trip with Secret Service agents inside the vehicle to travel onto Rockville Pike, a thoroughfare outside of the Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, just for a photo-op with supporters, clearly amounts to recklessness - a similar recklessness that has facilitated the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic across America, where the disease has infected close to 7.5 million people and killed close to 210,000 Americans.