Washington, US: Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday said he is against participating in his second debate with Donald Trump next week if he still suffers from COVID-19.
“I think if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate,” Biden, former US vice-president, told reporters on his return from Gettysburg.
The first of the three presidential debates between Biden, 77, and Trump, 74, was held on September 29. The second debate is scheduled for October 15 in Miami and the final one on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Biden said they should follow very strict guidelines.
Biden added,” Too many people have been infected. It’s a very serious problem, so I will be guided by the guidelines of the Cleveland Clinic and what the docs say is the right thing to do.”
However, Trump in a tweet on Tuesday said he is looking forward to the debate. “I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!” said the president.
I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Biden in form of response to Trump’s tweet said, “I’m not sure what President Trump is all about now. I don’t know what his status is. I’m looking forward to being able to debate him but I just hope all protocols are followed.”
It should be remembered that Dr Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, detailed on Monday that the US president “may not be entirely out of the woods yet” when it comes to his COVID-19-related illnesses.
Speculation surrounding the president’s health has persisted since he left the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday.
“So I haven’t seen his chest X-rays,” said Curtis to Seattle, Washington, outlet KIRO 7. “But in general, and for most patients, if they need oxygen, it’s because the COVID is in the lungs and causing pneumonia.”
Curtis added, “If you look at all patients who have been hospitalized with COVID, the ones who don’t need oxygen actually don’t seem to benefit from dexamethasone. In fact, there may even be some harm. But if they need oxygen and have pneumonia, then dexamethasone has been shown to have some benefit in improving survival.”
In the same vein, the only vice-presidential debate between Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris and Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled for Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Meanwhile, this debate has run into other health-related concerns as the vice president’s team argued that the addition of plexiglass barriers between the debaters was unnecessary.