DO NOT BE AFRAID OF COVID.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
In another dramatic day for the President of the United States and presidential politics, President Donald Trump left Walter Reed Hospital Monday under his own power and sporting a confident stride. The departure capped a stunning turn of events that gripped the nation, for better and for worse, with millions expressing their affections for the President and some from the left wishing for his death. In the end, however, the President found himself nestled back in the White House, in what can be described as a miraculous recovery.
Upon arriving at the White House on Monday evening, the President had a message for Americans that will stand out as one of his hallmarks. "Don't be afraid of Covid," he tweeted, a message meant not only as a rallying cry for Americans generally, but also as a very personalized one for those suffering from the contagion and those overtaken with the fear of contracting it.
Later, in a video from the White House, the President said, "Don't let it dominate you," referring to COVID. "Don't be afraid of it. You're going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently. And you're going to beat it." His words, his resolve, and his personal experience are not only symbols of hope, but they have placed him in a unique position to lead a beleaguered nation through the rest of this pandemic.
Unquestionably, President Trump will need that resolve moving forward. The spiteful attacks against him have intensified as the left continues to be besieged by amazing successful performances, in politics and in health, from a man with whose hatred it has become intoxicated. President Trump's return to the White House, although triumphant, will also be a challenging one as he meets up with a staff that itself has been riddled by a localized outbreak. And of course, there is the campaign, which has long entered a critical phase where any mistake can be lethal.
Despite these challenges, one thing remains certain. Through his ability to persevere, President Trump has positioned himself to be remembered as the President who conquered coronavirus. The President now joins Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a small group of others who have been able to take on the virus and prevail. For Mr. Johnson, who took on the virus earlier in the pandemic, his plight was private and marked by sheer will. For President Trump, the struggle was as public as any President could make it, and his success a testament to the incredible progress made in the medicine's fight against the virus.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org