President Trump, CDC Differ over Coronavirus Infection Rate

While President Donald Trump insists that the coronavirus is ‘going away’, a statement that his own team disagrees with, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that over 20 million people in the US may already have been infected with Covid-19. The CDC states that the true number could have been ten times more than the reported cases.

“Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually were 10 other infections. This was because testing was restricted to people with symptoms and asymptomatic carriers were not tested. We probably recognized about 10% of the outbreak by the methods that we used to diagnosis between the March, April and May,” CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield told reporters.

The numbers are surging in Texas despite of the fact that the reopening of the Texas state is halted. It raises a serious concern what it could have been should they reopen the state. The US has recorded over 2.4 million of confirmed Covid-19 infections and more than 122,370 deaths. According to The University of Washington, over 180,000 US deaths are predicted by October or 146,000 if 95% of Americans wear masks.

Contrary to the current situation, President Donald Trump remains oblivious and keeps spinning a tale about Covid-19 that is at odds with his own administration’s disease experts and data compiled by his own coronavirus task force. According to Trump, the deadly outbreak is not really a serious threat to the public and rising infection rates are simply due to increased testing. “It’s going away,” he said Tuesday at an event in Phoenix.

Contrary to his statement, on the same day, the coronavirus task force released a document that indicates towards the highest number of new cases among the 10 metropolitan regions in Phenix where the week-over-week change in infection rates spiked the most. Furthermore, the Arizona’s biggest city had recorded over 13,169 new cases for the last seven days, accounting for a jump of 149.2% over the previous week’s infection rate.

On Thursday, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates said the current vision for the outbreak is bleaker, both in US and in the rest of the world. While talking in an interview in a Coronavirus Town Hall, he said that ‘the fact that people are still dying in the US today shows that the country is not even close to doing enough to fight the pandemic’.

“It’s possible to ramp up testing for a new pathogen very, very fast. In fact a number of countries did that extremely well in this case and the technology keeps getting better there. The US in particular hasn’t had the leadership messages or coordination that you would have expected,” he said.

Gates said that the inability to do massive testing is prerequisite to the escalating numbers even the states are closed. He further added that the lack of wearing mask in addition to lack of testing is a major contributing factor. He said that the perception of public is not same, ranging from some people being very conservative in what they do, and some people ignoring the epidemic. Yet, some feel like it is a political propaganda which he said was unfortunate and something he never expected from the Americans.

However, he dismissed the White House’s claim that an increase in case numbers is a direct result of an increase in testing, calling it “completely false”. He also expressed disappointment with what he called a lack of US leadership to tackle this virus globally, which has led to developing countries — such as Brazil and India — bearing the brunt of this disease. However, he said he is still optimistic that the US will “step up” and help get the tools, particularly the vaccine, out to everyone in the world. Gates said he’s working with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. He predicts that there will be a viable vaccine by the end of the year, or early 2021.

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