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Town Square: What Are The Medical And Political Impacts Of President Trump’s COVID Diagnosis? (Oct. 2, 2020)

The President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. Experts discuss the breaking and evolving situation.

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President Donald Trump leaves the White House to board Marine One en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington.


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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

In this episode, we focus on what we can learn when the most protected couple in the country is unable to escape this virus. Experts in politics and medicine discuss the President's health, possible spread, and impact on the election and the government.

Our guests are Dr. Catherine Troisi, a top public health researcher and an infectious disease epidemiologist at UTHealth School of Public Health, and Brandon Rottinghaus, Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston and co-host of the Party Politics podcast.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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