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We can’t afford to put profits over public health

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In times of crisis, we need a leader who will keep us informed, and ultimately safe. Unfortunately, we’re not seeing that from President Donald Trump as the coronavirus expands around the world. Public health experts warn that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to handle the growing crisis. They say it is almost certain that the potentially deadly disease will expand into the U.S. They are alarmed after someone in California contracted the coronavirus, even though they had not traveled to China, highlighting the uncertainty over how this new virus is even spread. But Trump continues to downplay the growing the threat. He insists things are under control and even suggested things will get better when the weather warms. Trump has tried to downplay the threat of the virus impacting everyday Americans, and is said to be frustrated the fear is leading to huge declines on the stock market. The Dow has already lost all of its gains for the year as fears of the virus mount. We’d all like to see our 401K’s grow, but that can’t be the focus right now. We can’t put profits over public health. Now is the time to gather the top experts, and speak with one voice to keep the public informed of what they can do to stop the spread. It is not time to say everything is fine because we’re afraid we may see our investment portfolios shrink.

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    Clyde Fromona

    March 3, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer before and after you touch items in public areas, coffee/ beverage dispensers, door handles, hand rails, counters, arm rests in public transport, DON’T touch your face, nose, mouth, eyes before you have santized your hands AND STOP blaming Trump for your poor hygiene and knowledge of why flu shots are administered in the fall and not spring because flu viruses don’t like sunlight and warm weather.

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    DEBRA L KIRVEN

    March 3, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Oct 1 2019 – Feb 22 2020 CDC report (low range estimates): 32 million flu illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations, 18,000 deaths JUST IN THE USA. No one panicked. I listened to the speech, Trump did say there will be more cases (after all it is a viral flu) but he should be reassuring Americans to not panic and he did take very stringent measures at the outset which is probably why the case number is so low. Wash your hands and maybe you need to clear your mind too.

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