WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday pushed again on President Donald Trump’s false claims that the U.S. coronavirus dying toll is “exaggerated.”
“The numbers are real,” Fauci, one of many nation’s foremost infectious illness consultants, stated throughout an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We have well over 300,000 deaths, we are averaging two-to-three thousand deaths per day.”
He advised host Chuck Todd, “All you need to do, Chuck, is to go into the trenches, go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.”
Fauci’s interview got here in response to Trump tweeting, “The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low.”
Trump responded to Fauci by tweeting, “Something how Dr. Fauci is revered by the LameStream Media as such a great professional, having done, they say, such an incredible job, yet he works for me and the Trump Administration, and I am in no way given any credit for my work. Gee, could this just be more Fake News?””
December was probably the most lethal and infectious month of the pandemic in America — greater than 77,000 individuals died and 6.4 million contracted the virus over the month, in line with an NBC News evaluation. Overall, greater than 350,000 individuals have died from the virus and virtually 20.5 million individuals have been contaminated.
Fauci stated Sunday that the pandemic “could and likely will get worse in the next couple of weeks,” or “at least maintain this terribly high level of infections and deaths” within the coming weeks as America feels the total results of journey through the Christmas vacation.
“This is what happens. It’s terrible, it’s unfortunate, but it was predictable,” he stated.
“Rather than sit back and throw up our hands and say, ‘oh my goodness, it’s getting worse,’ we need to double down on some of the fundamental things that we talk about all the time — the uniform wearing of masks, the physical distancing and the avoiding of congregate settings and crowds, particularly indoors”
Now that two vaccines have been accepted by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, there are considerations that the nation just isn’t ramping up its vaccination program quick sufficient. While Fauci admitted the nation is “somewhat behind,” he preached persistence as this system ramps up.
“No excuses, we are not where we want to be. But hopefully, we’ll pick up some momentum and get back to where we want to be in regard to getting it into people’s arms,” he stated.