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Jennifer Kocour Named Chief Operating Officer of CCT Research as Company Continues U.S. Expansion

An experienced clinical research leader, Kocour will oversee business operations and strategic growth for the CCT Network of Sites

CCT Research, a company offering an innovative approach to conducting clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of debilitating diseases, announced today that Jennifer Kocour has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. Kocour brings a wealth of industry experience, having started her career as a Clinical Research Assistant before advancing to roles as a Site Coordinator, Regional Manager, Clinical Team Lead, and Vice President of Operations.

Kocour’s appointment comes as CCT Research continues to rapidly expand its geographic and therapeutic reach since opening its doors in 2017. “I’m excited to join a company that’s dedicated to industry innovation, exceptional patient care, and the growth and development of our staff as we continue to grow as a company,” said Kocour.

CCT Research currently has 17 sites across Arizona, Nebraska, and Utah. The sites are located in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and senior living communities; and the company is looking to add partner sites in new markets. By embedding its clinical research infrastructure and staff into these facilities, CCT Research provides convenient and comfortable study locations for qualified patients in a variety of therapeutic areas. Recently, the company was selected to partner with several top pharmaceutical companies to conduct trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Strong leadership is key to supporting these critical study efforts and future medical research,” said CJ Anderson, President of CCT Research. “Jennifer is a proven leader, and her diverse background provides an understanding of each individual’s role in conducting a successful clinical trial. We’re happy to have her as the newest member of our executive leadership team.”

About CCT Research

CCT Research is a company offering an innovative approach to conducting clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of debilitating diseases. CCT’s research sites are located within physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and senior living communities to support research in the fields of Neurology, Family Practice, and Dermatology, with plans to include additional therapy areas in the near future. The company’s unique model simplifies the process for trial participants and provides pharmaceutical sponsors with high quality data. For more information, visit cctresearch.com.

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More than 100 N.J. nursing homes have had coronavirus outbreaks since summer as crisis continues

The coronavirus devastated New Jersey’s nursing homes this spring, killing thousands of residents and prompting a raft of measures to better protect the state’s most vulnerable population.

Since that time, long-term care facilities say they have stockpiled personal protective equipment. They’ve developed protocols for testing residents and staff and isolating those who are sickened. Visitors continue to be limited by state regulators, amid fears the virus will be reintroduced as families reunite with their loved ones.

Yet despite those precautions, the coronavirus continues to creep into the state’s nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other senior facilities, even among those that managed to eradicate their original outbreaks, Department of Health data shows.

Across New Jersey, at least 102 long-term care facilities saw new outbreaks this summer or fall after being declared COVID-19 free, according to a review by NJ Advance Media. Included in those were 11 facilities in which residents or staffers died in the new contagions.

That points to a somber reality as New Jersey grapples with a concerning resurgence of coronavirus in recent weeks: Even as nursing homes have had nearly seven months of experience combating the virus, many remain unable to keep it wholly at bay. Still, those outbreaks are proving less deadly and easier to contain than in March or April, when underprepared facilities were floored by a pandemic that caught them, the state and the country flat-footed, flooding New Jersey’s hospitals and morgues.

On Friday, a union that represents 8,000 nursing home workers in New Jersey expressed concerns about a second wave of the disease and the impacts it could carry.

“Nursing home operators need to be taking every precaution, including giving frontline workers access to n95 masks, gowns and surgical masks before, not after, new outbreaks emerge,” said Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Facilities need also to staff-up now, to prevent the type of short-staffing crisis that we experienced earlier this year.”

James McCracken, who heads a trade association of nonprofit senior care organizations, called preparedness a difference of “night and day” from what it once was. Nursing homes have learned to better protect residents and staff, he said, and have largely secured the personal protective equipment that was in such short supply.

“It’s pretty clear that there’s just a much better understanding of the disease, which no one had in the beginning, which was new to everyone,” said McCracken, the chief executive of LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware.

But seniors and the workers who care for them do continue to be sickened and die, if at rates far lower than at the height of the disease’s sweep. It takes just one positive test for a nursing home to be considered to have a new outbreak, and in many cases, those small-scale infections are not spreading.

The state began publishing an online list of infections and deaths by facility in April after complaints that nursing homes were not being transparent as the disease ripped through New Jersey. But

The United Nations Continues Its Abortion Advocacy

Various elements of the United Nations system, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank, will partner with abortion groups to advance a “human right” to abortion. The U.N. made the announcement on September 29 to commemorate so-called International Safe Abortion Day, with the stated goal of addressing “unsafe abortion” in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership, headed by the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, will bring together U.N. entities with the world’s largest abortion providers, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ipas, and Marie Stopes International, to promote “comprehensive abortion care,” including access to self-administered telemedicine abortion, as an essential service and a “human right.”

By collaborating on “mitigation strategies” to reduce disruption in abortion access, in addition to “procurement and funding” for abortion services, the goal of the partnership is for Big Abortion and the U.N. to make abortion available and accessible on demand everywhere. The announcement goes so far as to highlight not only young girls but also “those with varying gender identities” as people who should be able to receive “abortion care.”

Cooperation between the U.N. and the abortion industry is nothing new, but the coronavirus climate has paved the way for increasingly brazen and bizarre alliances. This is a new direction for UNICEF and the World Bank, for example, both of which traditionally have steered clear of overt abortion activism. Although it’s commonplace, it is essential to underscore that U.N. abortion promotion is fundamentally at odds with its institutional mandate. National governments, not the international bureaucracy, should chart the course for the U.N. system.

As long as pro-life governments exist — and there are many stalwart pro-life governments — it is inappropriate and illegitimate for the U.N. to unilaterally advance abortion on demand. In fact, the powerful pro-life voice of the United States alone renders the U.N.’s continual promotion of abortion promotion and this new partnership illicit.

As the U.S. recently articulated in a statement to the U.N.: “There is no international right to abortion, nor is there any duty on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.” This has been a consistent and frequent stance of the U.S. government, one that has garnered widespread support from countries across the globe.

Even so, the U.N. Secretary General recently identified abortion as central to the U.N.’s COVID-19 response, and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights expressed her support for “safe abortion day.” Similarly, in the partnership announcement, Ian Askew, director of the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, states that “eliminating unsafe abortion is one of the key components of the WHO Global reproductive health strategy.”

Jargon aside, U.N. efforts to address “unsafe abortion” are a euphemism for attempting to increase access to abortion where the procedure is illegal. The announcement notes that 121 million pregnancies each year are “unintended” — an unsubstantiated statistic used to justify the need for “safe abortion care.” The statement adds that “postponing

Tomball Regional Health Foundation continues supporting community with recent grant to Lone Star College

Lone Star College announced, Oct. 6, that the Tomball Regional Health Foundation awarded the Lone Star College Foundation grants worth $244,696 to help Lone Star College-Tomball’s nursing and lifePATH programs.

LSC-Tomball president Lee Ann Nutt said the college has a longstanding relationship with the Tomball Regional Health Foundation.

“They have been supportive of our programs and our college for many years, we have a great track record with them. …That’s allowed us to maintain this relationship of trust and support,” Nutt said. “Because of that relationship, trust and respect between us, we’ve been able to partner together quite a bit, I’m very grateful for that.”

The grant is technically one award but was split into two different parts, according to Nutt, with $244,696 going toward funding for additional lifePATH staffing and $101,839 helping provide more nursing equipment.


Tomball Hospital Authority CEO and THRF board treasurer Lynn LeBouef said the latest donation puts the foundation over $2 million worth of donations to LSC-Tomball in the last eight years.

“We’re pretty proud of that, been able to assist them on needs and haven’t had to raise tax dollars to provide that care,” LeBouef said.

Nutt said the college wouldn’t be able to purchase the necessary equipment without the foundation’s help.

“Health care equipment is very expensive and while we could purchase some, what they’ve allowed us to do is to equip our programs with the best equipment possible for our students,” Nutt said.

Nutt said the college needed additional options for nursing students to use health care training equipment amid COVID. More than half of the funding went to the purchase of four adult, full-body clinical nursing skills simulators, surgical technology supplies and infusion pumps.

“This equipment will simulate working on a patient because with COVID our students don’t have as much or any access to clinical sites,” Nutt said. “This equipment allows us to fill in that gap a little bit and to be able to still give that clinical experience in a simulated environment. …We can’t do all the clinical hours that way but having that additional equipment really helps solve the problem for us, so we appreciate that.”

Serving the community

The latest grant to Lone Star College is just one of many initiatives that the foundation is doing to help the community.

Tomball Regional Health Foundation Chief Administrative Officer Marilyn Kinyo said the foundation’s mission is to provide funding to nonprofits within their service territory for health care and education needs.

The foundation’s service area consists of 15 zip codes throughout northwest Harris including Tomball, Magnolia, Spring, southern Montgomery and Waller county.

“One issue is that people will call us within our service area but they’re helping folks in other areas outside our service area, other countries. …It has to be within our service area,” Kinyo said.

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Alcon Celebrates World Sight Day 2020 and Continues Commitment to Improving Worldwide Access to Eye Care

  • Ongoing donation efforts deliver equipment and medical supplies needed for increasingly important eye care services and procedures to help underserved patients during the pandemic

  • Associates around the world participate in the Steps for Sight Challenge to help improve access to quality eye care

  • New Alcon Foundation video PSA highlights the importance of eye health screenings, premiering at this year’s American Academy of Optometry (AAO) annual meeting

Alcon (SIX/NYSE: ALC), the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, today celebrates World Sight Day through its corporate giving and company-led initiatives focused on improving access to quality eye care. In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Hope in Sight,” Alcon associates will help spark donations to global nonprofit organizations that advance eye health. The goal is to support people around the world in need of eye care, particularly as eye health issues, including vision loss, myopia, cataracts, refractive errors and more, have emerged or worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year, our Alcon team has seen firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic has made access to quality eye care even more challenging for communities across the globe,” said David J. Endicott, Chief Executive Officer, Alcon. “Now more than ever, Alcon is proud to partner with nonprofit eye health organizations who are working toward a common goal of improving access to eye care, including offering free eye surgeries and eye care resources to patients, as well as providing training and education to eye care providers across the world. Through these impactful initiatives, we can help improve people’s vision and inspire hope in sight.”

Celebrated annually, World Sight Day—coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)—is an international day of awareness to bring attention to the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Alcon has a long-standing history of donating surgical equipment and medical supplies to NGOs and hospitals providing care to underserved patients. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many necessary eye surgeries and treatments were delayed, causing a backlog of surgeries and leaving people’s vision at risk for worsened conditions. Cornerstone Assistance Network’s Cataract Clinic— the nation’s first free cataract facility for the uninsured, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area—saw an uptick in patient requests for cataract surgeries since the pandemic began. This World Sight Day, Alcon continues to lend support to Cornerstone Cataract Clinic by supporting surgical services for uninsured patients.

Around the world, Alcon associates are also participating in a variety of activities that support eye health awareness for World Sight Day. Most notably, the Steps for Sight Challenge is a global company initiative that challenges 2,020 associates to take 10,000 steps on World Sight Day to raise a total of $25,000 for three global eye health nonprofit organizations—long-time partner Orbis, Optometry Giving Sight and one surprise recipient to be chosen by an Alcon site.

This year, Alcon has created a video trailer as a public service announcement (PSA) to remind people of the importance of eye health and encourage scheduling

Ontario continues to see COVID-19 cases under 600, with majority under 40

For more on the week’s top stories, and on how the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, please refer to our live updates below, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

17,122 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 168,960 diagnoses, 9,504 deaths and 142,334 recoveries (as of Oct. 7, 11:00 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,900 active cases (19,211 total cases, including 281 deaths, 17,030 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,384 active cases (9,841 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,184 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 781 active cases (2,246 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,441 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 5 active cases (205 cases, 2 deaths, 198 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)

  • Ontario – 5,344 active cases (55,945 total cases, 2,988 deaths, 47,613 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island – 3 active case (61 total cases, 58 resolved)

  • Quebec –  8,273 active cases (81,914 total cases, 5,906 deaths, 67,735 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan – 139 active cases (1,984 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,821 resolved)

  • Yukon – 0 active cases (15 total cases, 15 resolved)

  • Nunavut – 0 active cases (8 presumptive positive cases)

  • CFB Trenton – 0 active cases (13 total cases, 13 resolved)

Quebec sees first daily COVID-19 under 1,000 in days

Quebec reported 900 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total to 81,914.

The province confirmed one death in the past 24 hours, with four deaths occurring between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, and two additional deaths at an unknown date.

There are 409 people in hospital, an increase of 12 from the previous day, and five more people are in intensive care.

A total of 67,735 have recovered from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Ontario COVID-19 cases remain under 600

Ontario reported 583 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 173 in Toronto, 121 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region and 70 in Peel.

A total of 60 per cent of the new cases are people under the age of 40.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ontario has seen 55,945 COVID-19 cases, with 47,613 resolved.

There have been 2,988 deaths in the province, with one more death reported in the last 24 hours.

In the past day 43,277 tests were conducted in the province, with 55,413 currently under investigation.

For a timeline of all cases prior to today, please visit this page.

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The president’s COVID-19 cover-up continues

Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Trump, is followed by a team of doctors for a briefing with reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday. <span class="copyright">(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)</span>
Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Trump, is followed by a team of doctors for a briefing with reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump returned to the White House Monday after just three days of treatment for COVID-19 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, peeling off his face mask dramatically (and dangerously) on arrival to suggest that he had beaten the infection that has killed so many thousands of others and was raring to go back to the critical work of running the country. “Feeling really good!” he tweeted earlier in the day.

The team of physicians overseeing the president’s care Monday afternoon endorsed the move, saying his vital signs were normal and his mind clear. “He’s back,” Trump’s personal physician Dr. Sean Conley told reporters.

That’s good news if it’s true, but color us skeptical.

Let’s be clear up front that we wish Trump a speedy and complete recovery, for his own sake and for the stability of the country. But from the moment last week when the president revealed that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, the truth about the still unfolding outbreak of COVID-19 among those who work in or are connected to the White House has been as elusive as Trump’s tax returns.

Simple questions have gone unanswered. Did the president know his campaign advisor Hope Hicks tested positive before he took off for a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday? When was Trump’s last negative test? Why isn’t the White House informing people who might have been exposed? How bad was his fever?

We’d like to believe that medical professionals are immune to the type of mendacity practiced with regularity by the Trump administration. But Conley and the team treating the president seem to have been influenced by Trump’s desperate need to be seen as uncommonly hale and hearty, and certainly not as an overweight and at-risk senior citizen. He’s doing great, they exclaimed at one moment; the next they described giving him treatment that one would expect only in a serious COVID-19 case. It was more than a little confusing.

During a Saturday press briefing, Conley came very close to outright lying while evading questions about whether the president had received supplemental oxygen. This matters because it would have been a sign that that the president was having problems breathing and therefore was sicker than anyone was letting on. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed later that the president had a fever on Friday and that his blood oxygen had dropped rapidly, prompting his transfer to the hospital.

The next day Conley admitted that — OK, yes — Trump had indeed received oxygen but said by way of explanation, “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction.” Perhaps not, but how can the public trust Conley to give them the straight story

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow

Wisconsin recorded more coronavirus infections, logging 1,865 COVID-19 cases Sunday on the heels of a five-day streak in which the state reported more than 2,000 cases each day, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.



a man standing in front of a car parked in a parking lot: People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.


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People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.

In addition to rising case counts, the state’s seven-day average for positive COVID-19 tests was above 9% on Friday, nearly double the rate that health experts recommend.

A high positivity rate can be a sign that a state is only testing its sickest patients and failing to cast a net wide enough to accurately capture community transmission, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization recommends that governments get their positivity testing threshold below 5%.



a man standing next to a car in a parking lot: People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.


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People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 2020.

Following the spike in cases, Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, issued an emergency order and declared a public health emergency in the state on Sept. 22, including a statewide mask mandate. Republican members of Congress have since filed a lawsuit attempting to block Evers’ statewide mask mandate.

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“Wisconsin is in the midst of a pandemic that is growing at a near-exponential rate,” according to the governor’s office.

The governor also pointed the finger at college students who have returned to campus in person this fall. “College and university students are driving the increase in cases, with the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in 18- to 24-year-olds,” according to the governor’s office.

“I am concerned about the alarming trends of COVID-19 we’re seeing across our state,” Evers said at a press conference last week. “The longer it takes for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously, the longer this virus will linger.”



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Experts consider deaths from COVID-19 to be a lagging indictor of the outbreak’s severity, meaning that since deaths trail rising infections, positivity rates and hospitalizations, deaths typically reflect long-term trends, not in-the-moment severity.

As of Sunday, 1,377 people in Wisconsin had died of the virus, according to the health department.

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Trump returns to the White House as he continues coronavirus treatment

President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday to return to the White House, where he will continue to be treated for the coronavirus even as he looks to restart his reelection campaign.

Trump, dressed in a dark suit and blue tie and wearing what appeared to be a surgical face mask, tapped a handrail as he descended the steps on his own outside the hospital. He took no questions from the gaggle of reporters waiting for him, but said “thank you very much” as he walked by. He then stepped into a black SUV, which drove him to his helicopter, Marine One.

As he entered the White House through the south portico, Trump turned to watch Marine One fly off. As he did, he appeared to remove his mask and put in the outer pocket of his suit jacket. He saluted the chopper and eventually entered the residence, without putting his mask back on.

In a video posted to Twitter Monday evening, Trump said of his experience, “One thing’s for certain: Don’t let it dominate you.”

“We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently,” said Trump, who had stayed in Walter Reed’s private presidential wing and received special access to experimental drug therapies.

“I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger, but that’s OK,” Trump added. “And now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know.”

The president, now back in the White House, will continue to be closely monitored by a team of doctors.

Shortly before his departure, Trump said he planned to promptly return to the campaign trail, where he has less than a month left to fight for a second term in office. 

“Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls,” Trump tweeted.

Trump had entered the hospital just three days earlier on Friday evening, the same day he announced in a tweet that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19.

But earlier Monday, Trump said he would come back to the White House by that evening, saying he is “feeling really good,” and telling his nearly 87 million followers, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

More than 210,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

In a press briefing following that tweet, Trump’s doctors said that the president’s condition has “continued to improve” over the past 24 hours.

But “he may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, cautioned.

Conley also confirmed that Trump had twice received supplemental oxygen while hospitalized with Covid-19.

The president remains infected with the virus. His treatment will continue at the White House, his doctors said.

When questioned by reporters outside the hospital, Conley said that the president’s medical team is “cautiously optimistic,” but added, “we’re in a bit of uncharted territory” with regard to Trump’s treatment regimen.

“So we’re

The Daily 202: Trump seems to remain in denial about coronavirus dangers, as the coverup continues

The Trump presidency has presented scores of painful lessons on the limitations of the power of positive thinking. Climate change continues to make fires, floods and hurricanes worse, even if Trump denies it and his political appointees seek to erase mentions of it from government reports. Russia interfered in the 2016 election and the intelligence community agrees the Kremlin is trying once again to influence the 2020 campaign, but Trump struggles to accept that reality because, current and former aides say, he believes that acknowledging the Kremlin’s support for his campaign would undermine his legitimacy. And so on.

But nothing captures the hubris of trying to spin the primal forces of nature into submission more than the president’s response to the novel coronavirus.

Trump said in January that the coronavirus was “totally under control” and that there would be only a few U.S. cases before the number would “go down to zero.” On Feb. 28, Trump said: “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” In March, Trump said people would be able to celebrate vanquishing the coronavirus by going to church on Easter. 

That was more than six months ago. Trump downplayed the dangers of the contagion not just at the country’s peril – but his own. Watching these clips with the benefit of hindsight makes the president sound like Baghdad Bob as U.S. forces closed in on the Iraqi capital in March 2003.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany became the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to test positive. She announced in a statement on Monday that she has no symptoms and will continue to work – but from home.

Apparently, denialism can be infectious, as well. The White House’s lead physician, Sean Conley, acknowledged at a news conference on Sunday that he intentionally withheld information about Trump’s blood-oxygen levels plummeting in order to put a positive spin on the president’s condition. “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness, has had,” Conley said. “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”

A virus does not care what a doctor says at a news conference. White House communications director Alyssa Farah told reporters that Conley was trying to project positive for Trump’s sake during his public remarks on Saturday. “When you’re treating a patient, you want to project confidence, you want to lift their spirits, and that was the intent,” she said.

Positive thinking has certainly gotten Trump far in life, and it can be very helpful for a patient fighting a disease. Everyone wishes the president well and hopes he recovers as speedily as possible and with no long-term damage. But Conley was not speaking to Trump during his Saturday news conference. He was addressing the American people.

Since being hospitalized on