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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 illness is highly contagious.

Research also shows potential long-lasting harm to human health in recovered patients.

Possible illnesses developing include reduced lung capacity from scaring, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, type I diabetes, heart damage, and post-viral fatigue syndrome.

Recovered COVID-19 patients may also be vulnerable to strokes, embolisms, blood clotting, harm to the central nervous system and vision, nerve pain, taste, smell, and cognitive impairment, as well as other bodily dysfunction.

Much more will be known about COVID-19’s potential longterm adverse effects as more studies of recovered patients are conducted.

Although the mortality rate is low, around 5% in the US and worldwide, largely affecting the elderly with pre-existing conditions, weak immune systems, and poor health practices, the disease is nothing to take lightly by everyone.

Knowledge of COVID-19’s longterm harm to human health is a work in progress.

From what’s already known, staying safe requires mask-wearing in public, avoiding large gatherings, following good health practices overall, and ignoring bad advice from US officials.

COVID-19 is likely to be around for some time. Increasing outbreaks in the US reflect continuation of a first wave.

A second one isn’t certain, but it’s clearly a significant possibility this fall and winter.

It may be highly likely — especially because of Trump regime indifference toward public health and welfare, DJT focused mostly on reelection.

It’s at a time of unprecedented US economic collapse and unemployment he’s done almost nothing to address a main street Great Depression, along with utter failure to contain coronavirus outbreaks.

On Saturday evening, he addressed a mass gathering in Tulsa, OK’s BOK Center, his first rally since early March. The indoor area holds around 19,000 people.

It’s the first of likely many more to come, aiming to turn around his weakened reelection prospects. 

Supporters turning out to hear his boilerplate remarks risk coronavirus infection.

Oklahoma health department executive director for Tulsa Bruce Dart expressed concern, saying:

COVID-19 outbreaks are increasing in the state. 

“I am personally extremely concerned not only for what is going to happen this weekend, but what we’re going to have to deal with” weeks from now.

A “potential…perfect storm of disease transmission” can be caused by his mass rally with thousands turning out, especially if many supporters show up unmasked or remove ones worn to cheer his remarks.

Inside his bubble, he doesn’t take mass outbreaks and deaths in the US seriously, about 25% of the world total because of his indifference toward combatting the virus effectively.

On Thursday, he told the Wall Street Journal that “some Americans (are waring) facial coverings not as a preventive measure but as a way to signal disapproval of him.”

It’s one of countless perversions of reality and shows of profound ignorance he’s infamous for.

Coronavirus denial increases the chance of becoming infected. 

Thousands packed into arenas or stadiums if crowds for sporting events are permitted ahead while COVID-19 outbreaks continue is a prescription for making a bad situation much worse.

Large gatherings with people packed close together make social distancing impossible.

In response to an 11th hour Writ of Mandamus (a court order at a time of public emergency for a government official to correct an abuse of power) by Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster and others, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court denied his request to order compliance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

The court showed deference to Trump and indifference toward public health and common sense by letting his rally proceed as planned. 

Plaintiffs called the rally a “super-spreader event” at a time of a significant spike in Tulsa COVID-19 outbreaks.

Perhaps the only way to get its attention and Trump’s is if he and justices get infected and become seriously ill, requiring hospitalization and intensive care.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “See you tonight in Tulsa.”

Separately he tweeted that he “just spoke to (Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum, who (said) there will be no curfew” Friday or Saturday night.

On Friday, he warned “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes” not to show up for his Saturday night rally…Big crowds and lines already forming…”

His Tulsa rally was originally scheduled for Juneteenth, a date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the US, an occasion he was unaware of.

Tulsa is also the site of the most deadly racial mass murder incident in US history, taking the lives of around 300 Black Americans on May 21, 1921.

Trump’s handlers chose the state to kick off his reelection campaign because he won it handily in 2016 by a nearly two-to-one margin over Hillary.

It’s considered safe for him in November, very much not the case in key battleground states.

He faces a major uphill battle he’s likely to lose because of his sinking popularity.

If the presidential election was held today, presumptive Dem nominee Biden would win by a landslide.

Make no mistake. He’s no alternative choice for responsible government.

On major domestic and geopolitical issues there’s a dime’s worth of difference between them.

Whenever US elections are held, continuity is assured.

Ordinary Americans are exploited so privileged ones benefit no matter which right wing of the one-party state wins.

It happens every time, why around half of the US electorate opts out.

Why vote with nothing to vote for so they stay home.

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“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.