Ten months into the pandemic and the outlook for the United States is worse than ever. Coronavirus instances are spiking to unseen ranges throughout the nation, with a document of practically over 97,000 instances reported on Friday alone. As hospitals in dozens of states start filling, well being specialists look wearily to the weeks forward. Cold climate and a sequence of holidays will undoubtedly deliver individuals indoors and collectively, showering gasoline on the present inferno of illness transmission.
Yet, regardless of the grim actuality, President Donald Trump and his administration have spent the last days earlier than the presidential election not addressing the dire disaster, however downplaying the tragedy and attacking public well being specialists and frontline employees. Trump’s coronavirus advisor, Scott Atlas, even appeared on a Russian propaganda television present to defend the administration’s response, in which he echoed his earlier false and misleading claims about the pandemic.
On Friday, Trump himself falsely claimed medical doctors are inflating the number of coronavirus deaths for money. In response, the president of the American Medical Association, Susan Bailey, known as Trump’s false assertion “malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided.”
“Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work—wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing,” Dr. Bailey stated in an announcement.
Nevertheless, Trump’s senior advisor, Jason Miller, doubled down on the false statement in a Sunday with ABC’s This Week, baselessly suggesting that “There have been all sorts of independent things pointing to that.”
At a late-evening rally on Sunday, Trump went on to recommend he would hearth the nation’s top infectious illness skilled, Anthony Fauci, after the election. The remark got here after Trump made his oft-repeated complaints that the raging public well being disaster in the United States is receiving more information protection than it ought to. This prompted his viewers to start chanting “Fire Fauci! Fire Fauci.”
“Don’t tell anybody,” Trump responded, “but let me wait until a little bit after the election. I appreciate the advice.”
“Whole lot of hurt”
Throughout his late-stage campaigning, Trump has held (mostly maskless) rallies and touted the concept that his administration has efficiently responded to the pandemic. He has repeatedly said the false claim that the United States is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.
Leading public well being specialists, together with Dr. Fauci, have pushed again on this unfaithful declare.
“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation,” Fauci told The Washington Post in an interview late Friday. “All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”
In the interview, Fauci additionally blasted Scott Atlas, who is Trump’s most trusted advisor on the coronavirus disaster regardless of not having a background in infectious illness.
“I have real problems with that guy,” Fauci stated of Atlas in his interview with the Post. “He’s a smart guy who’s talking about things that I believe he doesn’t have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Most notably, Atlas has typically promoted the dangerous idea of herd immunity, or letting the virus unfold uncontrolled while making an attempt to protect the susceptible—an thought the Director-General of the World Health Organization just lately known as “morally unconscionable and unfeasible.”
“He insists he’s not somebody who’s pushing for herd immunity,” Fauci stated of Atlas. “He says, ‘That’s not what I mean.’ [But] everything he says—when you put them together and stitch them together—everything is geared toward the concept of ‘It doesn’t make any difference if people get infected. It’s a waste of time. Masks don’t work. Who cares,’ and the only thing you need to do is protect the vulnerable, like people in the nursing homes,” Fauci stated.
“The idea of this false narrative that if you don’t die, everything is hunky dory is just not the case,” Fauci went on. “But to say, ‘Let people get infected, it doesn’t matter, just make sure people don’t die’—to me, as a person who’s been practicing medicine for 50 years, it doesn’t make any sense at all.”
On Saturday, the identical day Fauci’s interview ran in the Post, Atlas sat for an interview in which he continued to defend the administration’s dealing with and his stance on masks and illness unfold. Notably, the interview was with Russia’s state-backed RT community, which is registered as foreign agent, which means it is producing propaganda “trying to affect US public opinion, coverage, and legal guidelines.”
On Sunday, Atlas apologized for sitting for the interview, saying in a tweet that he was “unaware they are a registered foreign agent.”
“I regret doing the interview and apologize for allowing myself to be taken advantage of,” he stated. “I especially apologize to the national security community who is working hard to defend us.”
On Monday, Trump continued to downplay the pandemic on the marketing campaign path. He just lately tweeted that “We have more Cases because we have more Testing!” This is additionally false; will increase in testing are not enough to clarify the spike in instances, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
So far, more than 9.2 million individuals in the United States have been contaminated with the pandemic virus, and over 231,000 have died. The seven-day common of new each day instances is at a document excessive of over 80,000. More than 47,000 individuals in the US are at the moment hospitalized, and the seven-day common of deaths per day is over 800.