We must be­lieve doc­tors and sci­en­tists about COVID-19

The Morning Call - - Town Square -

In the midst of a global pan­demic, where peo­ple are fall­ing ill and dy­ing, where eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity has been sup­pressed and nor­mal so­cial gath­er­ings have been dis­cour­aged to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus, where doc­tors and sci­en­tists have begged peo­ple to wear masks and keep a safe dis­tance from oth­ers, there are still peo­ple who do not be­lieve the coro­n­avirus is real, con­ta­gious and deadly.

Even some who ac­knowl­edge the ex­is­tence of the virus may be­lieve it is only dan­ger­ous to the el­derly or peo­ple with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions. In­stead, they see a con­spir­acy by Democrats to dis­credit Don­ald Trump.

What scares me is that th­ese peo­ple will dis­miss the words of doc­tors and sci­en­tists be­cause Trump tells them to do this. As the fa­ther of a physi­cian, I know how much work goes into be­com­ing a doc­tor. I know the de­sire to care for the sick and dis­abled is a strong mo­ti­va­tor to make it through med­i­cal school and to keep up with ad­vances in knowl­edge.

How so many peo­ple can dis­re­gard the words of ded­i­cated sci­en­tists and doc­tors who know what they are talk­ing about, and in­stead be­lieve some­one who has no med­i­cal train­ing, is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion.

Daniel Gasda


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