Joe Biden or Donald Trump

by John Zajaros on October 14, 2020

I spent 10 years fighting for my life. In 2008, I was well enough to start rebuilding my life and the lives of my wife and children. The last twelve years have been incredibly satisfying.

Enter Donald Trump and the Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19

Sadly, everything I’ve built is imploding. It’s imploding because of the failure of President Donald Trump & the Trump Cult. I refer to the GOP as the Trump Cult because the Republican Party isn’t the GOP or the Party of Lincoln and Reagan anymore.

My life is imploding because our government is devoid of any kind of leadership and because Trump, McConnell, McCarthy, and the rest of the Trump sycophants in the GOP have failed to address the threat posed to our lives and to our economy by COVID-19.

All of the work I’ve done over the last 12 years is disintegrating before my eyes. That said, I know I am not alone. No one knows what to do or what tomorrow will bring, and it is all because of the insanity that is on constant display from the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. No one has any faith in our current president–and rightly so. There is nothing we can point to that looks like a well-thought-out national strategy for COVID-19.

  • Denial isn’t a strategy.
  • Lying about the state we are in isn’t a strategy.
  • Herd immunity is most certainly not a strategy.

In fact, herd immunity is criminal—it is criminally negligent.

Herd immunity, which is Trump’s new “strategy” for dealing with COVID-19, will kill millions if it is allowed to run its course. Herd immunity has been debunked by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Dr. Tedros Adhonam Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and literally hundreds top epidemiologists and infectious disease experts from around the world.

Regarding herd immunity, Joanna Wares, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond and Sara Krehbiel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Santa Clara University noted that “If the virus is unchecked, the final percentage of people infected will far overshoot the herd immunity threshold, affecting as many as 90% of the population in the case of SARS-CoV-2.” (Herd immunity won’t solve America’s COVID-19 problem, June 16, 2020, Updated September 2, 2020).

That’s 90% of a population of 330,447,504 in the USA or 297,402,754 infected with a current mortality rate of 2.7% (based on the current 8,147,092 infected and 221,807 American deaths as of 10-14-2020 at 7:32 PM Eastern), which will mean a staggering 8,096,878 deaths due to herd immunity. In fact, there will undoubtedly be many more deaths because the current healthcare system will breakdown, being unable to care for so many seriously ill patients, and herd immunity does not stop the virus, so there is that too.

Mary L. Trump, Ph.D., Trump’s niece, referred to Donald J. Trump, Sr. as “the world’s most dangerous man” in her book entitled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. I highly recommend it. The book explains a lot. I sincerely believe Donald J. Trump, Sr. poses a clear and present danger to the USA and to the American people, and Heaven help us if he wins another term. We will witness hell on Earth—and that’s not hyperbole.

I am not sure if I have the time to rebuild my life again, but I won’t quit. I will try: because that’s the American way, and because I love what I do, the students I work with, and my wife, children, and grandchildren.

Donald J. Trump, Sr. is a nightmare.

The only control I have over the nightmare and his abhorrent behavior is to vote…and to encourage you to vote.

  • Please vote.
  • Vote for Joe Biden.
  • Don’t vote for me. I hope you know what I mean.

I’m not so narcissistic as to believe that anyone out there will vote for Biden for my sake or because I say it is the right thing to do, but think about your children and your grandchildren, and think about your future and theirs. Can you really take four more years of Trump? Can your children and grandchildren survive in the world he will leave behind? Think about the world we’ve had to endure over the last 10 months. Now imagine it going on for another 4-5 years!

Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our children and grandchildren deserve better than Donald J. Trump, Sr.

NOTE: Do not believe what the Trump Administration is telling you about children and COVID-19.

What are the implications for public health practice? Children are at risk for severe COVID-19. Public health authorities and clinicians should continue to track pediatric SARS-CoV-2 infections. Reinforcement of prevention efforts is essential in congregate settings that serve children, including childcare centers and schools. Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Children Aged <18 Years Hospitalized with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1–July 25, 2020

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