I don’t agree with Donald Trump on politics and quite a lot of issues. However, these previous few days, I’ve been feeling a kinship with the president since he introduced that he has Covid-19.
He’s solely three years older than I’m, and his Physique Mass Index is nearly the identical as mine — we’re each overweight. We’re each males. These three information put us within the hazard zone among the many American inhabitants.
For the previous seven months, I’ve efficiently dodged Covid, basically by hiding out and hunkering down. In fact, I don’t have a nation that’s depending on me.
From what I’ve heard, the president has been protected in myriad methods from coming into contact with anybody with the illness, akin to heavy-duty testing of these round him. Nonetheless, he received it.
OK, yeah, I do know he received it as a result of he ignored the precautions and didn’t put on a masks. I do know his rallies put a lot of his supporters at risk of contracting the illness. I do know that he’s foolishly saying proper now that COVID-19 is not any massive deal.
However my function isn’t to wag a finger at him.
The very fact is that I really feel dangerous for him. He’s a human being like me, and it is a problem he can’t simply bluff his manner by way of. One of many many disagreements I’ve with him is his irresponsibility and refusal to think about penalties. That’s who he’s. I play it protected, and that’s helped me keep away from COVID. (I additionally know that, for all my precautions, I can get this sickness, too.)
It appears to me that Trump is approaching this prognosis as I’d. He’s taking the medication and the therapies that his medical doctors order, however he’s chomping on the bit to bounce again to regular. His return to the White Home on Monday was, I believe, an instance of that.
I’m sure that’s how I’d be tempted to behave if I received COVID. I’ve had two knee replacements, and, every time, I pushed myself to get away from bed and stroll down the hall as requested by hospital employees. I pushed myself to do the wanted workout routines and take the wanted bodily remedy. I needed to get again to regular as quick as attainable, whatever the ache I used to be feeling from the therapeutic of the wound.
I’m fairly certain that’s what the president is feeling. And it’s not only a query of getting again to regular. It’s additionally about getting again on the marketing campaign path for an election that’s lower than a month away.
Sure, you’ll be able to argue that he’s being reckless. However I do know that, if I have been in Trump’s place, I’d be attempting to get higher by an act of will. And I’m certain I’d attempt to overdo issues. I wouldn’t take the remainder I’d want, and I’d stretch my energy manner too far. I’d find yourself, I’m afraid, with a relapse, possibly sicker than I’d been the primary time round.
In fact, in contrast to the president, I don’t have battalions of medical doctors and advisers to level out to me the proper course of restoration to comply with. However, even when I had everybody telling me what I wanted to do, I’d be tempted to go my very own manner. (Simply ask my spouse.)
The president and I — regardless of our nice and extensive disagreements — belong to an unofficial membership of overweight males over 70. I wouldn’t want COVID on anyone in that membership.
However there are guys, like Trump, who’ve gotten it. Some have died.
I would like him to get higher. I hope for a wholesome, rested president to get again into the marketing campaign quickly — however not before is prudent.
My level is that I’d prefer to see a wholesome, rested president lose this election. However not his well being or his life.
Patrick T. Reardon is the writer of 9 books, together with ‘The Loop: The “L” Tracks That Formed and Saved Chicago,’ coming in November from Southern Illinois College Press.
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