A Republican door knocker told me COVID-19 is not real because Trump said so. COVID-19 is very real and my family can attest to that.

My 27-year old son, strong and healthy at the time, got sick in May and tested positive for COVID-19. Because he’s young, medical professionals told him to stay home and ride it out.

Over the next three weeks, my son could barely breathe. He was so sick. He lost 30 pounds and developed a mental fog. His father and I worried constantly about him and could not visit because, being older, we could be hit even harder by COVID-19.

My son’s battle is not just a rare instance. When he finally returned to work at his job in Wisconsin, he discovered that this highly contagious virus had infected more of his co-workers also.

My son is now supposedly recovered, but he still has fatigue and gets out of breath when walking only a short distance. His lips will turn blue from lack of oxygen. He has obvious lung damage. Any health insurance he might get in the future would view this damage as a pre-existing condition, and if Donald Trump succeeds in abolishing Affordable Care Act precautions, insurers could refuse to cover his care.

None of this had to happen. President Trump knew in January that COVID-19 was far worse than the flu and is transmitted through breathing. We could have been told to social distance and wear a mask right away, and COVID-19 would not have spread. My son would still be a strong, healthy man.

We need an honest president, a leader who will not rob us of health care. We need Joe Biden. He cares about our country and people like us.

Linda Wilder