Covid-19: Trump health adviser says America is "not alright"
The leading American infectious disease expert continues to repeat that the epidemic is out of control in various parts of the country. The American President denies the facts.
Between the White House and health experts, there are disagreements. Anthony Fauci, the United States' leading infectious disease expert, reiterated that the United States, despite President Donald Trump's denial, was seeing the Covid-19 pandemic worsen due to a lack of a consistent strategy against the virus.
Parts of the country, like New York, "have taken control," Anthony Fauci told FiveThirtyEight on Thursday. "But as a country, when we compare ourselves to other countries, I don't think it can be said that we did it well." This is simply not the case, "he warned.
Disinfection too fast
The immunologist has been sounding the alarm for days in interviews as the number of new cases explodes in the southern and western United States. The country again broke a record Thursday with 65,000 cases detected in 24 hours, roughly double the peak of spring, when the epicenter was in New York.
On Wednesday, Dr. Fauci had estimated that certain states had gone "too fast" to end quarantines, and that further containment may be necessary, in a Wall Street Journal podcast.
And on Thursday, in an online conference, he regretted that some southern states did not follow instructions for the gradual reopening and "jumped the steps."
Around 100,000 new cases per day.
Last week, he warned, after reassuring Vice President Mike Pence's comments, that the United States was directly targeting 100,000 new cases per day (the daily balance for that day was around 40,000 cases).
His warnings are increasingly tainted with the politicization of the epidemic. "We have to hypothesize that without our divisions, we would have a more coordinated approach," he told FiveThirtyEight.
It's an understatement: containment, like quarantine terms, was done in sparse, state-by-state order, and Republican-governed generally were quicker to lift the restrictions. At the federal level, the White House had published guidelines for a gradual reopening of the economy, with criteria to reduce the number of cases and increase detection capacity.
Donald Trump downplays
But very few states respected these criteria, Donald Trump himself called for speeding up quarantine terms, and Dr. Fauci today clearly attributes the current outbreak to precipitous mistrust and carelessness with which southern Americans resumed their activities without respecting barrier gestures.
Donald Trump minimizes daily records: "For the umpteenth time, the reason we have so many cases, compared to other countries that don't do better than us, is that we do more tests and better," he tweeted. This is false, because the rate of increase in contagion is much higher than the rate of increase in tests, according to official data.