Amy Klobuchar Hits Back at Trump’s Repeated Comparison of Coronavirus to Seasonal Flu: ‘I Know. My Husband Has It’

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Former Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar, whose husband has coronavirus, made remarks in opposition to President Donald Trump’s evaluating the coronavirus pandemic to the milder seasonal flu.

Trump, who has stated he desires to raise measures put in place to curb the unfold of the coronavirus and ship Americans again to work by Easter, made the comparability whereas sitting down for a Fox News city corridor on Tuesday evening.

“We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off — I mean, every year,” the president stated, in accordance with a transcript of the remarks.

“Now, when I heard the number — you know we average 37,000 people a year. Can you believe that? And actually, this year we’re having a bad flu season. But we lose thousands of people a year to the flu. We never turn the country off.”

This shouldn’t be seasonal flu. I do know. My husband has it. He is 52 & has been sick for two weeks. He coughed up blood & is on oxygen. Many are worse. Listen to medical doctors!

Trump downplays coronavirus by evaluating it to the seasonal flu. It’s not a good comparability https://t.co/FYaIuhri2a

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 25, 2020

Trump added that America wasn’t designed to close down and advocated for returning to just about regular operations as quickly as potential. “Our country is not built to shut down, our people are full of vim and vigor and energy, they don’t want to be locked into a house or apartment or some space,” he stated. “We’re not built that way.”

Shortly afterwards, the Minnesota senator — who has endorsed former vp Joe Biden — took to Twitter and urged folks to “listen to doctors” as she personally is aware of badly coronavirus is as her husband, John Bessler, has examined constructive.

“This is not seasonal flu. I know. My husband has it. He is 52 & has been sick for 2 weeks. He coughed up blood & is on oxygen. Many are worse. Listen to doctors!” Klobuchar wrote alongside a hyperlink to a Washington Post article that defined why Trump’s recurring comparability of the coronavirus pandemic to the seasonal flu is “not fair.” Klobuchar has been contacted for added remark.

In a Medium submit revealed on Monday morning, Klobuchar shared her household’s information and famous that being compelled to remain aside from her husband whereas he’s ailing and quarantined “is one of the hardest things about this disease.”

“I have news that many Americans are facing right now: my husband John has the coronavirus. We just got the test results at 7 a.m. this morning,” she wrote. “While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and emailing. We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.”

She added that her husband began to really feel sick whereas in Washington, D.C., and had initially dismissed his signs as a chilly.

Amy Klobuchar Hits Back at Trump's Repeated Comparison of Coronavirus to Seasonal Flu: 'I Know. My Husband Has It'
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) takes the stage with husband John Bessler throughout a major evening occasion on the Grappone Conference Center on February 11, 2020 in Concord, New Hampshire. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

“Yet he immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore,” she added. “He kept having a temperature and a bad, bad cough and when he started coughing up blood he got a test and a chest X-ray and they checked him into a hospital in Virginia because of a variety of things including very low oxygen levels which haven’t really improved. He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator.”

The senator added that as she had been aside from her husband for the previous two weeks, she was suggested by her doctor to not get a check.

“I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” she added. “I hope he will be home soon. I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.”

This infographic, supplied by Statista, exhibits the variety of confirmed of COVID-19 instances within the U.S. as of March 25.

Amy Klobuchar Hits Back at Trump's Repeated Comparison of Coronavirus to Seasonal Flu: 'I Know. My Husband Has It'
This infographic exhibits the variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances within the U.S. as of March 25. Statista

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