We’re 10 months into the pandemic and the outlook for america is worse than ever. Coronavirus circumstances are spiking to unseen ranges throughout the nation, with a document of almost over 97,000 circumstances reported on Friday alone. As hospitals in dozens of states start filling, well being specialists look wearily to the weeks forward. Chilly climate and a sequence of holidays will undoubtedly carry folks indoors and collectively, showering gasoline on the present inferno of illness transmission.
But regardless of the grim actuality, President Donald Trump and his administration have spent the final days earlier than the presidential election not addressing the dire disaster however as an alternative downplaying the tragedy and attacking public well being specialists and frontline staff. Trump’s coronavirus advisor, Scott Atlas, even appeared on a Russian propaganda tv present to defend the administration’s response, by which he echoed his earlier false and deceptive claims in regards to the pandemic.
On Friday, Trump himself falsely claimed docs are inflating the variety of coronavirus deaths for cash. In response, the president of the American Medical Affiliation, Susan Bailey, referred to as Trump’s false assertion “malicious, outrageous, and utterly misguided.”
“Relatively than attacking us and lobbing baseless expenses at physicians, our leaders ought to be following the science and urging adherence to the general public well being steps we all know work—carrying a masks, washing arms and practising bodily distancing,” Dr. Bailey mentioned in an announcement.
Nonetheless, Trump’s senior advisor, Jason Miller, doubled down on the false assertion in a Sunday interview with ABC’s This Week, baselessly suggesting that “there have been all types of unbiased issues pointing to that.”
At a late-night rally on Sunday, Trump went on to counsel he would fireplace the nation’s high infectious illness professional, Anthony Fauci, after the election. The remark got here after Trump made his oft-repeated complaints that the raging public well being disaster in america is receiving extra information protection than it ought to. This prompted his viewers to start chanting “Hearth Fauci! Hearth Fauci.”
“Don’t inform anyone,” Trump responded, “however let me wait till a bit bit after the election. I recognize the recommendation.”
“Complete lot of harm”
All through his late-stage campaigning, Trump has held (principally maskless) rallies and touted the concept his administration has efficiently responded to the pandemic. He has repeatedly acknowledged the false declare that america is “rounding the flip” on the pandemic.
Main public well being specialists, together with Dr. Fauci, have pushed again on this unfaithful declare.
“We’re in for an entire lot of harm. It’s not a superb scenario,” Fauci informed The Washington Submit in an interview late Friday. “All the celebs are aligned within the flawed place as you go into the autumn and winter season, with folks congregating at house indoors. You would not probably be positioned extra poorly.”
Within the interview, Fauci additionally blasted Scott Atlas, who’s Trump’s most trusted advisor on the coronavirus disaster regardless of not having a background in infectious illness.
“I’ve actual issues with that man,” Fauci mentioned of Atlas in his interview with the Submit. “He’s a wise man who’s speaking about issues that I consider he doesn’t have any actual perception or data or expertise in. He retains speaking about issues that whenever you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Most notably, Atlas has usually promoted the harmful concept of herd immunity, or letting the virus unfold uncontrolled whereas attempting to defend the weak—an concept the Director-Normal of the World Well being Group lately referred to as “morally unconscionable and unfeasible.”
“He insists he’s not anyone who’s pushing for herd immunity,” Fauci mentioned of Atlas. “He says, ‘That’s not what I imply.’ [But] every thing he says—whenever you put them collectively and sew them collectively—every thing is geared towards the idea of ‘It doesn’t make any distinction if folks get contaminated. It’s a waste of time. Masks don’t work. Who cares,’ and the one factor you could do is defend the weak, like folks within the nursing properties,” Fauci mentioned.
“The concept of this false narrative that should you don’t die, every thing is hunky dory is simply not the case,” Fauci went on. “However to say, ‘Let folks get contaminated, it doesn’t matter, simply be sure that folks don’t die’—to me, as an individual who’s been practising drugs for 50 years, it doesn’t make any sense in any respect.”
On Saturday, the identical day Fauci’s interview ran within the Submit, Atlas sat for an interview by 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 international agent, which means it’s 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’re a registered international agent.”
“I remorse doing the interview and apologize for permitting myself to be taken benefit of,” he mentioned. “I particularly apologize to the nationwide safety group who’s working exhausting to defend us.”
On Monday, Trump continued to downplay the pandemic on the marketing campaign path. He lately tweeted, “Now we have extra Instances as a result of we’ve extra Testing!” That is additionally false; will increase in testing will not be enough to clarify the spike in circumstances, in response to The COVID Monitoring Venture.
To date, greater than 9.2 million folks in america have been contaminated with the pandemic virus, and over 231,000 have died. The seven-day common of recent every day circumstances is at a document excessive of over 80,000. Greater than 47,000 folks within the US are presently hospitalized, and the seven-day common of deaths per day is over 800.