How Biden and Trump campaigns are approaching COVID-19

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event devoted to the reopening of the U.S. economy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 11, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Bastiaan Slabbers.

Coronavirus has become the defining issue of the 2020 election. Joe Biden was in Delaware last week, where he outlined his COVID-19 strategy and accused the Trump administration of downplaying the pandemic. 

He said, “We should be laser-focused on treatments and vaccines. We should be leading a coordinated global approach on the science, not disregarding experts while pushing dangerous and disproved drugs as if they’re treatments.”

During President Trump’s Fourth of July remarks, he said, “Now we have tested almost 40 million people. But by so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless.”

Public health officials disagree with Trump’s statement. About 130,000  Americans have died in the past few months from this virus.

“White House aides hope that Americans will grow numb to the escalating deaths and infection toll, and just sort of learn to live with the virus,” says Yasmeen Abutaleb, health policy reporter for the Washington Post.