President Donald Trump has lately tried to downplay the latest stage of the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States, but in a virtual press conference held on Tuesday with Alabama’s Democratic Senator Doug Jones, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health pushed back on the president’s claims. Specifically, he criticized the “narrative” that a lower number of overall deaths in the United States means that the country is on the right track; Trump himself has pushed this exact narrative. In reality, there are still serious problems, like hospital overload and the many barely understood possibilities of lingering physical damage induced by the virus, even if someone survives their infection.
‘It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There’s so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don’t get yourself into false complacency.’
Watch his comments below:
Dr. Fauci: "It's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don't get yourself into false complacency." pic.twitter.com/QQkE9AFkoL
— The Hill (@thehill) July 8, 2020
Trump hasn’t just used the actual current death rates for his own political purposes — he’s brazenly lied about the death rates, too. In a recent tweet, he claimed that the Coronavirus death rate in the U.S. is the lowest in the world, which is just brazenly incorrect. The U.S. has suffered over 130,000 Coronavirus deaths in total, and hundreds of Americans are still dying each and every day. That’s nothing to celebrate like some supposed victory — and just this week, reporting came out about potential brain damage caused by infection with the Coronavirus. That’s a big problem — which the president seems to be ignoring.
Scientists warn of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggests COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium. https://t.co/ENXOKL1nPm
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 8, 2020
‘Why does the Lamestream Fake News Media REFUSE to say that China Virus deaths are down 39%, and that we now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World. They just can’t stand that we are doing so well for our Country!’
Why does the Lamestream Fake News Media REFUSE to say that China Virus deaths are down 39%, and that we now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World. They just can’t stand that we are doing so well for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
He’s making that up. There’s no media conspiracy to hide the real death rates from the American public — and those real death rates are simply not what he claims they are. As CNN explains, “while US coronavirus mortality rates have declined recently, they are not the lowest in the world… among the 20 countries most affected by the virus, at least 14 have lower death rates than the US.” He wasn’t just slightly off — at least two dozen countries had lower Coronavirus death rates than the U.S. as of Tuesday, although Trump claimed otherwise.
During his comments this past Tuesday, Fauci also addressed the efforts to develop a Coronavirus vaccine. He indicated that he did not imagine any kind of national mandate for Americans to get vaccinated. Previously, while speaking to CNN, he had called out the mindsets of those who might resist vaccination. He said:
‘There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking… We have a lot of work to do.’
Since Trump and his allies have been so resistant to the idea of people wearing face masks to help combat the Coronavirus’s spread, what’s to say that they won’t try and thwart a vaccine promotion effort, too?