Trump’s COVID-19 infection ’total failure’ by White House




Dr. Ashish K. Jha wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. (Providence Journal file)


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Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. (Providence Journal file)

Dr. Ashish Jha, the new dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, called President Trump’s infection with COVID-19 “a total failure by the (White House) to protect the President.”

Jha, a leading infectious disease expert, took to Twitter soon after news broke that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.

Jha tweeted, “This is a nightmare.

“COVID19 is a serious infection, especially for someone who is older like Mr. Trump.

“I can’t believe he was infected. This is a total failure by WH team to protect the President

“Wishing both the President and The First Lady and speedy recovery.”

He added, “Everyone around the President should have always worn masks

“People should have been doing social distancing

“And limited his contacts.

“We will get though this.

“But lots to do to identify everyone, quarantine and test folks.”

Before arriving at Brown this year, Jha was faculty director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, where he led groundbreaking research about preparations for pandemics.

Dr. Megan Ranney, a Lifespan-affiliated emergency physician who has been a leading voice in the effort to get medical professionals nationwide more PPE, called Trump’s infection “unnecessary and preventable.”

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