The argument about the U.S.’s response to coronavirus continues to stay heated between President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Trump wants the country to believe that we are in a “good place” with recovering from the virus, while Fauci is adamant in the fact that this pandemic is far from over. As new COVID-19 cases continue to surge without any sort of pattern, the debate goes on.
Fauci treads cautiously
Dr. Fauci’s opinion has remained unwavering about the U.S.’s response to the coronavirus. “We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline,” Fauci said in a Facebook Live interview with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.
“The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,” he continued. “Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it’s surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”
As the U.S. has somehow made the fight against COVID-19 political, Dr. Fauci said, “So we’ve got to make sure that we don’t create this binary type thing of it’s us against them.”
“We’re all in it together.”
Trump disagrees fervently
President Trump continues to express his belief that the country is doing well despite the increase in cases around the country. “Some areas that looked like we were going to escape, that they were going to escape, and all of a sudden it became hot,” he said.
“But I think you’re going to see with all of the things that we’re doing, and with all of the therapeutics that are coming out, and then ultimately the vaccine, we’re going to be in very good shape very soon,” Trump claimed.
Science continues to warn
Five states — Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi and Texas — also broke records for average daily COVID-19 fatalities in the past week, the Washington Post reported. That marks a departure from the past weeks, when death rates had remained steady even as case numbers rose.
Fauci told the lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week bluntly that he wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. sees new cases of coronavirus rising to a level of 100,000 a day.
“We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned,” Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Fauci went on to specifically express disappointment about people congregating in crowds and not wearing masks and inadequate attention being paid to guidelines on reopening.
“We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble,” Fauci said. “And there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop.”