News Outlets Examine Trump Administration’s Impacts On Science, Actions On Coronavirus Prevention Strategies
Nature: How Trump damaged science — and why it could take decades to recover
“…Over the past eight months, the president of the United States has lied about the dangers posed by the coronavirus and undermined efforts to contain it; he even admitted in an interview to purposefully misrepresenting the viral threat early in the pandemic. … Trump has also eroded America’s position on the global stage through isolationist policies and rhetoric. By closing the nation’s doors to many visitors and non-European immigrants, he has made the United States less inviting to foreign students and researchers. And by demonizing international associations such as the World Health Organization, Trump has weakened America’s ability to respond to global crises and isolated the country’s science…” (Tollefson, 10/5).
Vox: The CDC calls for quarantining even after a negative test. The White House isn’t listening.
“…As Trump, Pence, and McEnany fail to take precautions, they set a poor example for the rest of the country at a time, experts say, the U.S. needs better, steadier leadership on how to overcome the coronavirus. … The CDC is very clear about this: If a person comes into close contact with someone known to have a coronavirus infection, defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes, that person should get a test and quarantine for 14 days. The CDC says the person should self-isolate for the two full weeks even if they test negative and don’t develop symptoms…” (Lopez, 10/5).
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