Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The President goes outside, NYT complains

Did you know that when the President get a flu or something similar, he has to take orders from a low-level attending physician on whether he can go outside?

The NY Times complains:

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

In a telephone interview on Sunday night, Dr. Phillips also said the trip raised the alarming question of whether the president was directing his doctors.

At what point does the physician-patient relationship end, and does the commander in chief and subordinate relationship begin, and were those doctors ordered to allow this to happen?” he said, noting that it violated standards of care and would not be an option open to any other patient.

The physician-patient relationship is one where the physician advises the patient, and the patient decides what to do. The President can do outside if he wishes, even if it is against medical advice.

The presidential debate had Joe Biden complaining about Trump going outside.

He came out of his bunker ... it was a disgrace. ... used everything as a dog whistle ...
It was good that he came out of his bunker. No, it was not a dog whistle.

The polls show Biden's lead is bigger than ever. 14 points in one poll. I am not sure the voters have thought this thru. If Biden is elected, then anyone can take him out at any time by infecting him with the Wuhan virus. Trump should be immune, because he will have already recovered from it.

I do not believe the polls. I think that Trump will do better than the polls indicate, and could still win.

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