I'm a healthcare worker and when the virus first broke out in Wuhan, my husband (also a healthcare worker) and I knew it was going to be a pandemic. All the signs pointed to it. Not just us, but most people I know who work in the medical industry could see it.
I got severely sick back in late February, with sore throat, headache, and a fatigue that made me so weak, I could barely get to the bathroom and back to bed. Ten days into my illness, I started developing a cough so bad, I couldn't eat because I'd cough up my food. My family started worrying about me, and was on stand-by if I needed to go to the hospital. Fortunately, I recovered without medical intervention. None of my family got as sick as me. We were all very lucky.
At that time, there was little-to-zero testing. I waited to see if I needed to go to the ED. I KNEW I had COVID, but couldn't prove it because...no test. During that time, Trump was saying there was no COVID here. WRONG! COVID was here way before anyone realized. Our family knows of a 31 year old woman who died in January because of "the flu" even though she tested negative for the flu. Her illness was short, a couple days, and she stopped breathing before they got her to the hospital. They revived her only to disconnect her from life support a few days later.
Today, I just got off my shift at the hospital. I was on our COVID floor, watching formerly healthy people wearing oxygen and trying to walk again because they are so decompensated. I see people who've been sick for weeks, in ICU, intubated and sedated because their lungs are so compromised they are unable to breathe on their own. Their family cannot visit them, sit with them and hold their hand, or give them love and hope they need to recover. Every nurse and doctor who go in to take care of them have to "suit up" and put themselves at risk every moment they are caring for their patient. It's fucking devastating.
Not only are Trump's lies killing people, his lies are killing our already broken medical system. Even when people don't die, they are in the hospital for days, weeks, even months. Hundreds of thousands of dollars go into the care of just one person.
Trump's lies have cost us in so many damaging ways, but here's the real kicker...HE DOESN'T CARE. His incompetence is killing our country and he doesn't give a shit.
Let's think about that when it's time to vote for our next President.