Fox Information medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel referred to as out a double customary from some of President Trump’s critics who cited coronavirus considerations surrounding his marketing campaign rally in Oklahoma on Saturday, whereas seemingly giving a move to the 1000’s of protesters who’ve taken to the streets in current weeks.
“It is very disappointing… all of this backbite going on about a virus we’re still learning about which is very humbling,” Siegel advised “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Jedediah Bila.
“Of course you saw the protests going on around the country in major cities. That, of course, took risks and there wasn’t a lot of mask-wearing there. So far, we haven’t seen a spike of cases in those areas as a result,” he defined.
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Siegel went on, “Now the rally… one side is blaming the other side. Do I wish there were more masks there? Yes. Do I wish there was more social distancing? Yes,” he defined, “but let’s keep in mind that there are only 300 new cases in Oklahoma over the past 24 hours.”
Trump’s rally, which got here amid extended considerations in regards to the coronavirus pandemic and a nationwide outcry over racial injustice within the wake of George Floyd’s loss of life in Minneapolis police custody, drew heavy criticism from the media Saturday regardless of a lower-than-anticipated turnout.
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Siegel acknowledged that “people, both at protests and at rallies, get excited, and when they’re excited, they take fewer precautions.”
On the identical time, Siegel mentioned he did not “see any difference between having a rally and having protests from a purely public health point of view,” including that it was “very disappointing [to see] all the politicizing going on.”
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Requested later to remark on Trump’s name to reopen faculties within the fall, Siegel mentioned “I think it’s a very good idea,” however steered common testing for lecturers and help personnel.