“Instead of 25 million tests, let’s say we did 10 million tests, we’d look like we were doing much better because we’d have far fewer cases. You understand that. I wouldn’t do that, but I will say this: We do so much more than other countries it makes us in a way look bad but actually we’re doing the right thing,” Trump said. (CNN)
During the biggest health crisis of this generation, @realDonaldTrump asked his officials to slow down the one thing that could keep us safe: testing.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 23, 2020
Trump’s logic is more correlation not equaling causation. The US death rate is far too high compared to nations that did much higher testing per capita. And it’s because of the two months of Trumpian inaction. It’s why there is a Trump Death Clock.
Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With smaller testing we would show fewer cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
Less than 5% of the world's population.
More than 25% of the world's deaths.
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) June 24, 2020
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 23, 2020
20,000 dead was the average monthly U.S. death toll from World War II. https://t.co/8eCJDMGzgJ
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 24, 2020
His latest “I’ll say anything” is that we should stop testing to reduce cases (he insists he’s not joking & is actually reducing testing sites) & that the death rate is declining.
Don’t celebrate just yet.2/
We’ve been at the train stop called “Abject Denial” back in February as cases went undetected through the community.
Then, we didn’t test because Trump wouldn’t prepare & we couldn’t see the deaths about to come. Now it’s willful, he‘s telling supporters not to get tested. 3/
Now Trump plans to end support of testing sites on June 30. Because, again, if we can’t see it, now could it be happening? And how could people not tested infect others?
(People from outside the US, please, the laughing is very impolite.) 5/
Eventually those cases moved from younger people with no or slight symptoms to the older population & people started to get hospitalized & die.
We remember that right? 6/
So when cases moved from the first states to the next ones, like TX, FL & AZ, were they ready w contact tracers, testing & isolation?
Nope. They instead crowed that the first states were irresponsible & they needed to get back to business without those silly things. 7/
Florida with its sudden rash of pneumonia, firing honest officials, reclassifying data & now not reporting ICU capacity has taken a novel approach to public health. 9/
I think going through the trouble to reclassify cause of death to lead the public to think something is safer than it is is energy that could be spent elsewhere— like denying people Medicaid or the right to vote. So little time for everything. How do they choose? 10/
In fact, cases do spread as Dr. Fauci said & some percentage of people are hospitalized. You see, you can’t isolate old people, sick people, or people of color until there’s a vaccine.
And even if you could it’s not very nice. 11/
As of today 7 states are reporting new highs in hospitalizations. AZ, AR, CA, NC, SC & TX.
And 20 states don’t fully report hospitalizations. But why would that be important? 12/
Now, it is true that more people will survive hospitalization than a few months ago. That is great news as therapies to treat CV complications are being discovered. 13/
Credit @NephronResearch for summarizing therapies here.
But there is something that is not talked about nearly enough. The long term effects of COVID are unknown & scary. With SARS-CoV-1 high percentages of people years later have mental health problems & chronic fatigue. 14/
SARS-CoV-2 recoveries so far are long, troubling and conditions like ground glass opacification, mental acuity, fog & other things are already reported.
And we’ve been at this only a short while. 15/
When Trump tells young people & governors not to test, not to wear masks, the likelihood of the virus finding people to kill or severely hamper goes up.
When governors falsify data, advantage virus. 16/
For some, losing 120,000 people & likely a good deal more in 3 months would put a damper on the presidency. Maybe attend a funeral or two. Thank some nurses. Talk to some widows.
Maybe look like you care & tell people to be cautious. 17/