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We should all be afraid of the new coronavirus

Mr. President, Americans should be afraid of the coronavirus. We should all be very afraid, even here in the Adirondacks.

Taking his mask off Monday evening after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — where he was treated for COVID-19 for three days — President Donald Trump talked about the novel coronavirus and his experience with it.

“One thing that’s for certain, don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently. And you’re gonna beat it.

“I went, I didn’t feel so good, and two days ago. I could have left two days ago. Two days ago I felt great, better than I have in a long time. I said just recently, better than 20 years ago. Don’t let it dominate. Don’t let it take over your lives.”

Tell that to the more than 210,000 Americans who have died from this disease. Tell that to their families. Tell that to the people who got COVID-19 at the White House because of your reckless behavior and rhetoric, Mr. President.

The coronavirus is a killer, and we should take precautions, for ourselves and for others. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay socially distant. Don’t be cavalier. It could end up killing you or someone you love.