The white house has gone mysteriously quiet as Covid-19 cases in the US have risen by the thousands.
What We Know:
- White House Covid-19 task force briefings have come to a halt with the last one airing May 22, 2020. Top officials like infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci have disappeared from national television for over a month as Covid-19 continues to kill 1,000 Americans per day.
- In the past week, cases have risen 30% in Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and, North California, and more than 40% in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Texas, who was amongst the first to lift stay-at-home restrictions, has the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began.
- As Americans become increasingly concerned, many are looking to the president and his staff for answers. But when asked about rising cases, Trump simply stated that the rise in cases are due to higher numbers in testing. In an interview with Rose Garden Trump stated, “By the way, when you do more testing, you have more cases. We have more cases than anybody because we do more testing than anybody. It’s pretty simple.” In spite of the spike in Covid-19 cases, Trump will resume his rallies to signal voters that things will be returning back to normal ahead of the November election
- In a recent Interview provided by Today News, Dr. Fauci described the coronavirus pandemic as his “worst nightmare” and urged states to halt lifting stay-at-home restrictions. At the end of his interview, he stated that a vaccine in late January is “doable”.
- While the white house scrambles to give the nation answers, many health organizations have stated their stance on the issue. The leading staffer of the HHS states that “the task force briefings and the prep sessions for them took up a lot of principals’ time, and staff would sometimes have to crash on putting together materials for them”.
- One current and one former FEMA official also said they’re keen to have HHS resume its leadership role in containing the coronavirus. They stated “Given the likelihood that we will soon see both hurricanes and coronavirus, HHS should manage the ongoing pandemic response so FEMA can prepare for coming ‘coronacanes,’” Daniel Kaniewski, who served as the top deputy at FEMA through January, wrote last week. “But they need to act soon. Coronacanes are in the forecast.”
As the coronavirus continues to increase across America, many civilians are looking for answers, but when many of our leaders are either silent, or not on one accord who do we turn to?