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’The Numbers Are Real’: Fauci Rebuts Trump On Denial Of Pandemic Death Toll

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Donald Trump again showed that his problem with COVID-19's staggering death toll in the United States is not that more than 350,000 people are dead, but that the public knows that more than 350,000 people are dead. And Trump will absolutely do his best to convince people that the death count is lower.

Sunday morning Trump paused trying to pretend that he didn't lose the election for long enough to try to pretend that U.S. coronavirus deaths are overcounted, tweeting "The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of @CDCgov's ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low. 'When in doubt, call it Covid.' Fake News!"

In reality, COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are undercounted, possibly by more than a third. But on Meet the Press Sunday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci didn't get into the question of undercounting. He simply affirmed that "The numbers are real."

"We have well over 300,000 deaths," he continued. "We're averaging 2,000 to 3,000 deaths per day. All you need to do, Chuck, is go into the trenches, go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths."

Trump responded by lashing out at Fauci for stating those facts.

Fauci is a career civil servant, not a Trump political appointee, and has served under six presidents. Trump is not responsible for elevating him except to the extent that a nation seeking sound counsel and not getting it from Trump or his political appointees has turned to Fauci as the most credible prominent person in government.

Why does Trump get no credit for his "work"? Maybe because he lies about the number of deaths and then attacks the scientist who says "The numbers are real." Maybe because he works a lot less than he golfs.

Thousands of people are dying every day—people whose family members are forced to say goodbye over FaceTime and Zoom, people beloved and needed by their communities. Donald Trump only cares about their deaths insofar as, by becoming known, they make him look bad. And he's fighting to overturn an election so he can keep presiding over the incompetence and contempt for life that brought us to this place.

Most States Are Unprepared To Distribute Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

As the first coronavirus vaccine takes a major stride toward approval, state governments' distribution plans show many are not ready to deliver the shots.

The challenge is especially steep in rural areas, many of which are contending with a surge of infections, meaning that access to the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines may be limited by geography.

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How Trump Crippled CDC — The World's Premier Health Agency

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Butler, then the head of the agency's coronavirus response, and his team had been trying to craft guidance to help Americans return safely to worship amid worries that two of its greatest comforts — the chanting of prayers and singing of hymns — could launch a deadly virus into the air with each breath.

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Public Health Experts Stunned By Trump Flack's Attempt To Censor CDC Reports

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Days after President Donald Trump admitted to knowingly downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic in his statements to the public, new reporting late Friday revealed that Trump political aides have been reviewing—and in some cases altering—weekly CDC reports about the deadly virus in an effort to bring them into closer alignment with the president's false narrative and claims.

Politico reported Friday evening that the Health and Human Services Department's politically appointed communications aides, led by former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo—a Republican strategist with no medical expertise—"have attempted to add caveats to the CDC's findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19 and should have made clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior."

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Dr. Fauci Raises Alarm About Trump’s Lax New CDC Testing Guidelines

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Dr. Anthony Fauci raised alarms on Wednesday about a new change to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new COVID-19 testing guidelines, which seem to discount the risk of asymptomatic transmission of the disease.

The guidelines were changed on Monday and have increasingly drawn concern from the medical community. They now state: "You do not necessarily need a test" even if "you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms."

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Trump Pushing More States To Open Although None Meet CDC Criteria

Donald Trump said Monday that more states need to reopen their economies, despite none of them meeting the criteria set forth by the White House to do so safely.

"I really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they're not opening," Trump said during a visit to a North Carolina bioprocess innovation center. "We'll see what happens with them."



In the spring of this year, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of criteria states should meet before lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.

According to ProPublica, those criteria are based on five metrics:

  • A decrease in the number of positive tests per 100,000 people, using a seven-day average;
  • A decrease in the percentage of positive tests, again using a seven-day average;
  • 100 tests administered per 100,000 people per day, using a seven-day average;
  • At least 30% bed availability in hospital ICUs; and
  • A decrease in the percentage of hospital visits for flu-like symptoms.

As of Monday, no state had successfully met all five criteria, per ProPublica data. A handful of states met four of the five benchmarks.

Trump's comments come as the states across the country see a surge in coronavirus cases. Some of the biggest hotspots include Sun Belt states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona which opened up hastily earlier this year against expert advice.

"The virus doesn't care how badly we want things to return to normal," Saskia Popescu, a Phoenix-area epidemiologist, wrote in a Washington Post column on July 16. "If we go too fast, it will storm back everywhere."

Nationwide, more than 4.2 million have confirmed coronavirus cases, and at least 147,003 people have died.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

CDC’s Corruption Is Evident In New School Reopening Guidelines

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The once non-partisan, science-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new, updated guidance on re-opening schools. The title: "The Importance of Reopening America's Schools this Fall."

It includes statements that very closely echo what President Donald Trump and White House aides have said about re-opening schools. For example:

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Public Outrage Forces CDC To Restore Hospital Data On Website

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been seen as a key metric of both the coronavirus's toll and the health care system's ability to deal with it. Recent federal actions may strike a blow to the public's ability to track them.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed from its website, and then restored, data on hospital capacity across the country to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. But in a note, the agency indicated that the data may no longer be updated because of a change in federal reporting requirements to hospitals.

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