Hiding Covid-19: How the Trump Administration Suppresses Photography of the Pandemic

December 27, 2020 ☼ pandemictrumplies

Source: The Intercept - Link

AS COVID-19 TORE through the United States in the spring, a senior official in the Trump administration quietly reinforced a set of guidelines that prevented journalists from getting inside all but a handful of hospitals at the front line of the pandemic. The guidelines, citing the medical privacy law known as HIPAA, suggested a nearly impossible standard: Before letting journalists inside Covid-19 wards, hospitals needed prior permission from not only the specific patients the journalists would interview, but also other patients whose names or identities would be accessible.

Low-level operatives seek to hide the pandemic from the public in order to protect their boss’s image.