Fauci calls New York COVID response ‘model’ for the country
The chief infectious disease doctor in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci, told PBS News Hour on Friday night that New York was the model for the country to follow in its coronavirus fight.
“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” Fauci said.
“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about,” he continued.
New York has seen 1,674 COVID deaths per one million people. The world has tallied 79 deaths per one million people. San Marino, an independent country surrounded by north-central Italy, leads all countries with 1,238 deaths per million followed by Belgium with 845.
The U.S. ranks tenth amongst countries with 433 deaths per million. A U.S. death rate equal to New York’s would have seen 552,000 deaths versus the current 141,000
The comments by Fauci have brought renewed scrutiny to an expert who was already under fire by the White House for his comments that are often at odds with the administration.
Last week, Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro said in an op-ed that Fauci has consistently wiggled out of previous positions made privately to Navarro, like Fauci not favoring a ban on Chinese travel in January; downplaying the risk of the virus early on; and finally saying the death rate is not that important.
Navarro wrote: “So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.”
President Trump has been mildly critical saying that Fauci has made a few mistakes.
“He’s a little bit of an alarmist,” Trump added.
Critics, however, are alarmed that while Fauci is giving interviews, the CDC continues to make mistakes in counting the numbers of positive coronavirus cases, while providing poor guidance to the states in recording test results and causes of death.
Last week a motorcyclist in Florida was counted as a COVID death after dying in a crash.
Florida and other states continue to have problems with reporting the number of positive virus tests correctly. USA Today and other media reported that some testing centers have reported only positive tests and no negative tests.
That’s led some to question the data that the state governments are releasing is wrong.
“When you lose the confidence of the people, it ruins your message,” said Jon Taylor, a Ph.D. student at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Taylor is working with Professor Rebel Cole at FAU to provide a better reporting model.
“It’s very dangerous when the people don’t trust what the government is telling them. It’s just a hot mess,” he added.
It’s a mess that Fauci needs to fix before people trust him again.
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