‘He makes it into a joke’: For Philly COVID-19 patients, Trump’s cavalier attitude stings

PHILADELPHIA — When President Donald Trump talks about his bout with coronavirus — and urges Americans to not let the pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 “dominate their lives” — Jesus Ortiz can hardly bring himself to listen.Ortiz, 58, was diagnosed in May with COVID-19, and his experience couldn’t have been more different from the president’s.Back then, at the height of the pandemic’s first wave in the Philadelphia region, testing backlogs meant Ortiz, an apartment building maintenance supervisor from Warminster, had to wait a week for his test results. As he waited, he grew sicker, s…

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