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Chris Christie: “Regular People Can’t Afford My COVID19 Treatment”

Chris Christie was just one of many people in the Trump orbit who tested positive for COVID19, but his comorbidities and pre-existing conditions made his case a lot worse than some others who have contracted the virus. Christie spent at least two hours doing debate prep in close proximity to Trump without taking any safety precautions prior to the first Presidential Debate. Trump tested positive soon after returning to the White House, with several other White House staffers contracting it as well.

Christie was hospitalized for a full week, including some time spent in the ICU. Upon being discharged, Christie tweeted his thanks to the medical staff of the New Jersey hospital where he received treatment, but he indicated he wanted to speak more substantially to his experience.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Christie did indeed follow up, sharing more about his personal experience and imploring people to follow the guidelines he ignored.

Christie’s humility in the wake of his experience is refreshing, considering Trump is still continuing to push false narratives regarding the virus. Christie was treated with Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental antibody treatment, along with Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral Remdesivir, an Ebola drug. The average American wouldn’t be able to afford a similar course of treatment, estimated to top $100,000.

Christie appeared on “Good Morning, America” Friday morning to discuss his experience with George Stephanopolous. “I let my guard down for a couple of days inside the White House grounds and it cost me in a significant way,” the former New Jersey Governor said.

 



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