President Donald Trump argued on Thursday that the coronavirus is likely to be more common than the grade report because so many people have it but don’t go to a doctor.
“It’s one thing to have it. It’s another thing to die, “said the President during his daily briefing on the corona virus in the White House.
“When I first got involved, I was told the numbers were much higher than the number that seems to be. Remember, people who have it – I just spoke to two people who were, but never went to a doctor. They did not report it. You have thousands and hundreds of thousands of such cases, ”he said.
President Donald Trump argued that the coronavirus is likely to be more common than the grade report because so many people have it but don’t go to a doctor
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the daily coronavirus response for the administration, said the forecast models in countries such as China, South Korea, or Italy also do not match the reality on the ground.
The president made his comments when the United States became the country with the United States most cases of coronavirus in the world with 81,000 infections and more than 1,000 deaths.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the daily coronavirus response for the administration, said the forecast models also don’t reflect reality in countries like China, South Korea, or Italy, all of which were severely affected by the corona virus.
“We are about five times the size of Italy. If we were Italy and you did all those divisions, Italy would have nearly 400,000 dead. They are not close to that. These are the kinds of things we are trying to understand. Models are models. There is now enough data on the real coronavirus experience on the ground to make predictions sound better, ”she said.
New figures released Thursday show that the U.S. has overtaken China and Italy with the number of confirmed global pandemic cases.
Italy remains the worst hit country in terms of deaths with more than 8,000 fatalities. China, where the pandemic started in December, has registered more than 3,000 deaths.
The number of coronavirus infections has now exceeded half a million worldwide.
But the president said on Thursday that Americans are ready to return to work.
“We have to get back to work. Our people want to work. They want to go back. They have to go back and we’re going to talk about dates, ”he said.
Trump has advocated a return to normal, as his original 15-day recommendations – which did not recommend social gatherings of more than 10 people and bring food – to stop the spread of the coronavirus expire early next week.
The President has allayed the concerns of some medical experts that it may take longer to ensure the virus is contained. And he argued that people still take social distance and wash hands.
“Maybe people don’t shake hands anymore,” he said. “If we didn’t shake hands, the common flu would be greatly reduced. You have many deaths with that. If we’re open it doesn’t mean you stop the guidelines. You will still distance yourself. But the timing is coming. ‘
The President suggested Easter as a good time to reopen the country’s tank economy, although many medical experts have warned that the April 12 date may be too soon.
Trump also revealed that his government is working on a new set of guidelines to help reopen the country, placing every province at a high, medium, or low risk of coronavirus.
“My administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distance and other mitigation measures they have taken,” he wrote in a letter to the governors of the nation. released by the White House.
Trump argued that “ expanding testing capabilities ” would make it easier to classify hotspot areas for the virus and then use the data to classify counties based on their level of risk.
“This includes robust surveillance tests that allow us to monitor the spread of the virus across the country. Using these data-driven criteria, we’ll propose guidelines that categorize counties as “high risk, medium risk, or low risk,” he wrote.
Birx said the coronavirus task force was still working on the details, including a timeline for when the risk assessment will be completed.
“Well, we need to get all our data together. We are obligated to the President to make that decision. We’re working on that now, ”she said during the White House daily briefing.
The president’s pressure comes after the World Health Organization predicted a grim outlook on the United States this week, saying the country would soon become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, given the “ very rapid acceleration ” of confirmed infections.
A member of the Brooklyn Hospital Center helps a person who has just been tested for COVID-19 put an item in a biohazard bag
New York registered 100 coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 385, as the number of fatalities in the United States rose to more than 1,000.
New York, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak with 50 percent of the country’s total confirmed cases, now has 385 deaths and more than 37,000 infections.
There are 280 deaths in New York City and more than 21,000 infections.
Louisiana is now emerging as the potential next epicenter of the U.S. outbreak after infections rose 30 percent within 24 hours. That state registered 1,800 infections and 65 deaths on Thursday. Mardi Gras parties in New Orleans – the area that accounts for about 70 percent of the state’s affairs – have been blamed for the outbreak there.
New Jersey has 4,400 confirmed cases and 62 deaths, while California has more than 3,000 cases and 67 deaths. Washington State, which was initially the epicenter after an outbreak in a Seattle nursing home, now has 2,600 confirmed cases and 133 deaths.
In fact, new research has found that the outbreak can lead to more than 80,000 deaths in the U.S. within four months and overwhelm hospital capacity at the national level as early as April, even if social distance measures are respected.
Predictors from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have predicted that as many as 2,300 patients could die each day during the epidemic peak, which is set for April.
This was the case even if the population adhered to strict social distance measures.
Their predictions came after analysis of the latest COVID-19 data, including hospital admissions and mortality rates, as well as the patient’s date in terms of age, gender and pre-existing health problems.
The analysis warned that, based on current trends, demand for both ICU beds and fans would well exceed capacity for COVID-19 patients as early as the second week of April.
It’s because healthcare in both New York and Europe fell under the weight of caring for critically ill victims, while officials were desperate for enough fans to keep them alive.
The New York City Convention Center is now being converted into a temporary hospital, and an improvised morgue was erected in front of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Wednesday to accommodate a potential increase in casualties.
Public health officials in New York went in search of beds and medical equipment, calling on more doctors and nurses to fear overwhelming hospitals such as those in Italy and Spain, fearing the number of sick would explode in a matter of weeks.
In a taste of what awaits the US, Spain has turned hotels into makeshift hospitals and turned a skating rink in Madrid into a temporary morgue. The contamination curve has not slowed in Spain, which now has more than 4,100 deaths, second after the death toll in Italy.
Faced with the exponential spread of the pandemic, the U.S. Senate has approved a $ 2.2 trillion economic bailout package for business aid, businesses, and health care systems.
Millions of Americans hoped that the measure would give them a lifebuoy because they lost jobs, income and childcare due to the social distance rules required to slow the spread of the virus.
At least 1.5 billion people around the world are now subject to strict travel restrictions.
But the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, scolded world leaders for wasting precious time fighting the virus that has already killed more than 21,000 people, made millions unemployed, and devastated the world economy.
He called it “public enemy No. 1”.
In the United States, about half of the population is affected by those at home in at least 18 states.
The sweeping orders are aimed at slowing down the spread of the pathogen, but have disrupted everyday life as schools and businesses shut down indefinitely.