Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared on CBS This Morning on 7/17/2020

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Two months have passed since Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, her husband and one of their four children tested positive for coronavirus, yet the virus' effects continue to linger.

In July, Mayor Bottoms said she experienced mild symptoms and initially thought it was a case of allergies before testing positive. Her husband however experienced a low-grade fever and other symptoms.

Bottoms and her family have since tested negative, but in a revealing tweet she says her husband is still experiencing pain brought on by the illness.

"My husband began his day with an appointment for a MRI, scheduled because nearly two months after COVID, he still awakes with debilitating headaches," wrote the mayor on Wednesday.

Throughout the pandemic Bottoms has urged Atlantans to get tested, practice social distancing, shelter in place as much as possible and to wear a masks when in public. At times her efforts to ensure safety guidelines were followed have been met with criticism, such as the time she issued a mask mandate, only to be undercut and then sued by Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp.

As seen in several states across the country, Georgia has struggled to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As of September 9, the state has accumulated 287,287 confirmed cases and 6,128 deaths. Nationally cases have soared past six million. 

Mayor Bottoms pointed out the national death toll in her tweet.

"This pandemic was purposely downplayed and nearly 190k lives have been lost and countless others are suffering the consequences," she wrote. Her tweet comes on the heels of journalist Woodward alleging that President Donald Trump admitted to intentionally downplaying the threat of the virus.

"I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Woodward on March 19, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

Woodward documents the allegation his new book "Rage." Trump responded by calling the alleged recollection fake news.

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mckeens13

331,002,651 TOTAL US POPULATION 2020

6,504,049 Total US Cases

194,756 Total US Deaths

1% of US the population = 3,3310,026

.5% of US the population = 1,655,013

.25% of the population = 827,506

.1% of the US population = 331,002

Decide for yourself whether Covid was over or under-stated based on the numbers, not on one persons say so.

A

Actually the handling of the current virus makes Obama and Biden look like Laurel and Hardy as they dealt with H1N1. Seems they couldn't even agree with each other on how much to 'downplay' the pandemic at the time.

No, it is only governors and mayors who have chosen to either downplay or hype-up this virus for their own political benefit. And it is they who choose to look for someone/something to blame, rather than lead.

Risingwolf

[thumbdown] Not so mayor. The only downplaying that occurred here was on your watch and by you. By "downplaying" the "peaceful protests" from the Rayshard Brooks incident an 8 year old girl was killed because you didn't authorie LE to clean that area up. When Governor Kemp sent in the NG you were critical of that action.

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