Arizona ER Doctor Visibly Stunned By Video Of Trump Rally: 'Dangerous And Stupid'
An ambulance doctor described the behavior of people attending a crowded indoor rally for former President Donald Trump as extremely dangerous and stupid given the rising COVID-19 case rates in the area.
"If you make a stupid decision about your own health, on one level you could say, 'Well, it's your life,'" said Dr. Murtaza Akhter who works on the COVID-19 frontline at Valleywise Health in Phoenix, Arizona. "But when it's an infectious disease that is so contagious and affects so many people, it doesn't just affect yourself, it affects everyone around you."
Eighth made the comments after watching footage of the jam-packed Protect Our Election rally held at the Arizona Federal Theater over the weekend. Thousands of mostly maskless people huddled together as Trump and right-wing figures took the stage to continue his fiction about the "stolen elections" and promote anti-mask, anti-science rhetoric.
Footage on CNN showed supporters dressed in MAGA merch shouting into the camera: “No masks! No masks! Take off the masks! "
Achter said he had no doubt that there would be an increase in cases after the event.
In Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, only 42% of people were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New daily cases have more than doubled in the past two weeks as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads rapidly across the state and country, infecting mostly unvaccinated people and causing serious illness.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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