Chris Evans blasts Donald Trump for urging people not to fear Covid: ‘This is reckless to a shocking degree’

Clémence Michallon
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Chris Evans at the Academy Awards on 24 February 2019 (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Chris Evans at the Academy Awards on 24 February 2019 (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Chris Evans has slammed Donald Trump after the president claimed people should not be afraid of Covid-19, once again playing down the disease that has killed more than 210,000 people in the US.

Mr Trump on Monday announced he would be returning to the White House for further treatment, after spending almost four days at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Mr Trump tweeted, insisting he was “feeling really good” and “better than [he] did 20 years ago”.

Evans was among many who pointed out that the president has undergone intensive treatment, which puts him in a different position than the vast majority of patients.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid?!" Evans tweeted. “You’ve been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?!”

Dr Sean Conley has stressed that Mr Trump will have world-class medical care available around the clock at the White House, something many health experts have noted is unavailable to millions of other Americans.

At the time of his return to the White House on Monday, Mr Trump was due to receive a fifth transfusion of the antiviral drug remdesivir while being treated with the steroid dexamethasone, normally used only in the most severe cases.

“Sadly, I’m sure you’re aware of that disparity, you just don’t care,” Evans added. “This is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you.”

Evans was among many celebrities who have condemned Mr Trump’s handling of his own coronavirus diagnosis. Mia Farrow, Ken Jeong, and Dave Bautista have all spoken out since the president was seen removing his face mask for a photo op despite still being contagious with the disease.

Additional reporting by agencies