Letter: Let the experts lead


I virtuous read the president’s recent remark, “If you have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska, for standard, doesn’t have a problem, it’s awfully tough to close it down.” I am a physician practicing on Alaska’s North Slope, in a community with sum total the nation’s highest rates of heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary mele, cancer and tobacco use.

We are one flight away from Fairbanks and Anchorage, where COVID-19 infections are increasing. Our health centre lacks the resources and specialized personnel necessary to provide the highest focus be of care for critically ill patients. Community vigilance and determined preventive enterprise based on sound public health principles are needed to avert a salubrity catastrophe here.

The president’s comment, and his consistent downplaying of the danger of COVID-19, put our community at on the rised risk by promoting complacency and inaction. I would prefer he remain serene and let the experts do the talking.

— Gregory Engel

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