Analysis: By Sabotaging Mail, Trump Is Exposing Millions To COVID-19 Infection

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Julie Zheng

Trump is forcing Americans to vote in person and be exposed to COVID-19.

By sabotaging the postal service, President Donald Trump is forcing millions of Americans to vote in person and be exposed to a viral infection linked to strokes, heart attacks, neurological disorders, and death.

  • Among people who voted in person on April 7 in Wisconsin, 36 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the weeks following, Politico reported.
  • Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said at the end of April that “so far, 36 people who tested COVID-19 positive after April 9 have reported that they voted in person or worked the polls on election day.”
  • According to WUWM, “forty people in Milwaukee County who participated in the election have tested positive.”
  • “Roughly 400,000 people in Wisconsin voted in person after the state Supreme Court overturned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute order to postpone in-person voting,” making the possibility that more people may have been exposed to coronavirus infection.

COVID-19 is not only a killer, it can also cause disability due to its persistent symptoms.

  • Margot Gage Witvliet tested positive for COVID-19 in March shortly after she returned from Europe. “More than four months later, the symptoms have not gone away,” Witvliet wrote in The Conversation. “My heart still races even though I am resting. I cannot stay in the sun for long periods; it zaps all of my energy. I have gastrointestinal problems, ringing in the ears and chest pain.”
  • People who have COVID-19 and have never fully recovered call themselves “long-haulers.” “It’s too soon to say we’re disabled, but it’s also too soon to know how long the damage will last,” Witvliet wrote.

Employment also plays a key role. “Employers need to be ready to make accommodations to keep long-haulers working,” wrote Witvliet. “The stress of being sick long-term, combined with the possibility of job loss, can also contribute to mental health issues.”

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