President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Since he tested positive for the coronavirus, nearly 100,000 new cases in the US have been reported. | Alex Edelman/Getty Images
America’s Covid-19 outbreak is a lot bigger than President Trump.
Since the world learned shortly after midnight on Friday that President Donald Trump had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, more than 97,000 other Americans have also been confirmed to have the virus. And 1,575 deaths of people in the US from Covid-19 have been reported, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The health of the president of the United States, after he contracted the virus that has plagued the country since February, is inevitably going to be the biggest news story for the foreseeable future. People want to know how the nation’s leader is faring, and the White House’s attempts to obfuscate Trump’s health status will drive reporters to try to find out what the public isn’t being told.
But Trump, it must be remembered, is not the only Covid-19 patient in the US right now. He is one of more than 30,000 Americans currently hospitalized with the disease. The country he…