The Pandemic is Not About Politics

Editorial: Say what? Public health leaders must improve their messaging on the pandemic — not criticize Trump


WASHINGTON — Public health leaders in the United States should be more creative and innovative in using their messaging on the pandemic, instead of the usual political messaging that has become common practice. The message at this time is the right one. The message is about being prudent and prudent in public messaging.

It is also about being more imaginative and innovative in how we communicate to the public the risks, the risks to our economy, and the risks to human health and public health.


As the pandemic spreads across the United States, we have seen two prominent incidents that have brought out the political nature of public health. The first was when the President, the Vice President and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It ‘isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on’On The Money: Pelosi says Trump’s fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick ‘threatens’ Affordable Care Act MORE held a press conference to announce that the President would be calling on Congress to increase the nation’s coronavirus response funding to $2,200 per person, the next increase in funding in line with the economic emergency declared by the federal government. That event came after President Trump declared a national emergency earlier in the week, which is what led to Trump’s call for additional federal spending.

However, as a result of that press conference, Republicans in Congress — who are normally very careful as to how they use the president’s executive authority to declare an emergency — immediately seized on the president’s declaration of an emergency and began to demand increased funding and the president’s support for the declaration.

As a result, the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded to a call for increased funding and support for the declaration with a criticism of the president and a call for greater accountability for the president.

Then, as a result of that criticism, the president responded with a call for increased spending on the government’s coronavirus response.


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