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President Trump told the country Tuesday: “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life.” This was in a video published after the president’s return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During his nearly 72-hour stay, Trump received care from top doctors and experimental treatments that are not readily available to the millions of Americans who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Marshall Hatch, a pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Church in Chicago, lost his sister to COVID-19 and says the president’s message feels like an insult for families grieving in the wake of this disease.
While the vast majority of Americans don’t have access to the kind of care that the president received, it’s not the only example of how the pandemic is having disproportionate effects on certain groups. California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly explains a new state rule that will tie re-opening plans to improvements in its hardest-hit communities.
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This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Becky Sullivan. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.