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Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn't humble Trump

By Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times on

Published in News & Features

Some Trump supporters said that the president's recovery is a reason to feel hopeful about fighting the pandemic.

"I expect the elite among us to receive better healthcare," said Joey Camp, a 31-year-old grill cook at a Waffle House in Cartersville, Ga., who contracted the virus in March and needed supplemental oxygen to help get him through it.

Camp, who spent 10 days at a state-run quarantine site, noted that Trump "got better treatment and was out of the hospital after three days at his age."

"That medical advance," he said, "gives me hope that within three months or six months or however long it takes for the vaccine trial, that we may start treating the coronavirus like the flu."

Charlene Hughes took a different message from the president's experience.

A caregiver living outside Minneapolis, she contracted the virus in the spring while working at the home of an elderly couple, one of whom died.

Hughes, who is 41 and has an autoimmune disease, suffered weeks of body aches, fever and coughing. She did not have to go to the hospital, but she racked up with hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket insurance bills to cover tests such as X-rays to monitor for fluid in the lungs.

 

Hughes said she was surprised to see Trump's quick recovery and his swift return to the campaign trail.

"People have been putting their lives on the line, while the president has been downplaying the seriousness of this issue," she said. "His medical care just affirms the disparities in healthcare in this country."

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(Times staff writers Richard Read and Kurtis Lee contributed to this report.)

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