Probably the most dangerous thing Trump said this weekend, a 99% meme of harmlessness that will get amplified because even at its minimum, it means a “free fall” to a much higher death toll. 131,000 have died. Expect more spin as his denial continues.
President Trump claimed that 99% of U.S. coronavirus infections are Ã¢ÂÂtotally harmless.” This is false. No matter how you define harmless, most public health experts and respected coronavirus disease models would flatly contradict his assessment. https://t.co/lywkEwvG7z
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 6, 2020
President Trump dismissed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States over the weekend, downplaying the impact of the disease and saying that while the testing of tens of millions of American had identified many cases, “99 percent” of them were “totally harmless.”
His remarks about a virus that has already claimed nearly 130,000 lives were perplexing. The coronavirus is surging across the Sunbelt states and has rebounded in California. At least 2.8 million Americans are known to be infected, and public health officials have said the real number of infections may be 10 times higher.
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Likewise, testing — there were no tests for a new virus, but now we have tested over 40 million people. But by so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless. Results that no other country will show, because no other country has testing that we have — not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality.
False. No matter how you define harmless, most public health experts and respected coronavirus disease models would flatly contradict Mr. Trump’s assessment.
Calculating the toll of a rapidly moving pandemic while it is still raging is a Sisyphean feat, with outbreaks popping up in different parts of the country, even as improvements in care and new therapies curb mortality rates.
Studies that have calculated the death rate based on broader antibody testing that takes these silent cases into consideration suggest an infection death rate of less than 1 percent, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.
“It’s always tricky to do this in the midst of a pandemic,” Dr. Jha said. “There are a lot of factors that go into it. But let’s say you took 1,000 Americans at random who were all infected. Our best guess is that between six and 10 would likely die of the virus.”
Trump is intentionally making Americans sick. Forcing Tulsa rally attendees to pack into the front of the arena, to give the illusion of a full house. Zip-tying chairs together at the Mount Rushmore rally. In a very real (& criminally culpable) sense, heÃ¢ÂÂs killing his supporters. https://t.co/NbB0YKIKXt
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) July 5, 2020
Texas Doctor: I got 10 calls yesterday for young people who will die if they donÃ¢ÂÂt get ICU support, but I only have three beds left. pic.twitter.com/qAAQSuu6bk
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 5, 2020
130,000 dead Americans. Historic unemployment. Trump is busy watching TV and then telling you which TV shows to watch for their cult-like devotion to uncritically praising him. Volunteer. Donate. Help register voters. https://t.co/oLassF6CDg
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 6, 2020