“What White House staffer would still wanna go to work tomorrow???” Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist with the Federation of American Scientists, said in a tweet Monday night. “Epidemiologists just wanna vomit.”
Dozens of medical professionals and commentators echoed Feigl-Ding’s concerns Monday night, slamming the president for posing and then reentering the White House without a mask even though he is still suffering symptoms of covid-19.
Some medical experts were not just concerned for White House staff, but for the president himself.
Ilan Schwartz, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta’s division of infectious diseases, said the president appeared to be struggling to breathe in a brief clip that showed him standing outside the White House.
“This is a textbook example of increased work of breathing,” Schwartz tweeted.
A White House spokesman responded to Monday’s widespread criticisms, saying the White House is taking “every precaution necessary”