Misinformation has consequences, McEnany warns Democratic colleagues
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren for inaccurately reporting on coronavirus statistics.
“Senator Warren erroneously said there were 25,000 new cases today. In fact there were less than 20,000. Senator Warren said there were 2,000 deaths. In fact, there have been less than 1,000.”
McEnany stated she spoke with Dr. Deborah Birx prior to her opening statements at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, who corrected the numbers reported by Warren.
“I think it’s unfair to the American people to give inflated case numbers and fatality numbers because it leads to those same Americans making the decision to not get a mammogram, to not get the cancer screenings they need.”
In her press briefing, McEnany stressed the significance of reopening the country, saying the effects of staying closed could be much worse than the alternative.
“We do want to reopen this country, because there are consequences that run the other way when we stay closed down as a country,” she said.
In specific examples, McEnany cited a hotline run by substance abuse and mental health services which saw a 1,000 percent increase in responses during the month of April.
In addition, the IQVIA Institute warned more than 80,000 diagnoses of five common cancers are projected to be missed or delayed between the months of March and June. Appointments made for cervix, colon and breast cancer screenings were reportedly low for the month of March.
The way to safely reopen the country, McEnany, reiterated, is to take preventative measures such as washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing.
Testing itself, according to McEnany, is not preventative, and should be used in a strategic manner for instances such as contact tracing efforts.
Additional updates made by the press secretary are as follows:
The president has ensured there will be enough testing to cover Phase One of reopening. Ten million tests will be completed by the U.S. by end-of-week, with approximately 300,000 tests conducted each week.
Through the Paycheck Protection Program, 100,000 loans were approved for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) and Minority Deposit Institutions (MDI), totaling $6.2 billion in loans.
Approximately 570,723 loans were approved for smaller lenders and small banks, totaling $29.9 billion in loans.
The administration helped facilitate the manufacturing of 100,00 ventilators in 100 days, with no patient suffering from lack of a ventilator.
Despite reports previously made by the media, the U.S. now leads the world in coronavirus testing, including more per capita testing than South Korea. Currently, all 50 states and territories are issuing more tests per capita than any other country.
The Trump administration is investing nearly $2 billion in community health centers for 28 million patients in medically underserved areas. This includes 583 million individuals across 1,385 health centers issuing 100,00 tests per week. Fifty-nine percent of those tested were from minority communities last week.
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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