Monday, September 14, 2020

Top Health Officials Defend Trump Against Bob Woodward's Coronavirus Claims; Lessons learned in early days on COVID-19 front lines are now saving lives, and Other C-Virus Updates

Exclusive: Top health officials defend Trump against Bob Woodward's coronavirus claims:
President Trump’s most senior health officials leaped to his defense against allegations that he mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting that he based his decisions on the best scientific advice and saved lives.
Trump has been under intense pressure ever since it emerged in Bob Woodward’s book Rage that the president knew the virus was airborne and highly contagious, even as he sought to reassure the public that its risk was limited.
The result was a slew of claims that he lied to the country and failed to meet the basic responsibilities of his office.
On Friday, Politico also claimed that political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services sought to review and, in some cases, alter weekly COVID-19 reports.
However, his secretary of health and human services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told the Washington Examiner that Trump had used up-to-the-minute evidence to make crucial decisions.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement, “President Trump has sought the counsel of the White House task force doctors throughout the COVID-19 response. He has relied on the data and science, presented to him at that time, to make decisive decisions to protect the health and safety of the American people.” --->READ MORE HERE
Lessons learned in early days on COVID-19 front lines are now saving lives:
More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, a cure is still elusive but radical changes in screening and treatment have saved thousands of lives.
At the height of the pandemic in April, the mortality rate in the US was just under 24 percent, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. As of last week, the CDC reported the mortality rate — the percentage of those infected who die — was hovering at just above 6 percent.
Worldwide, 911,000 people have succumbed to the dreaded bug, including 193,000 in the US. In New York state, the virus has killed 33,000 people, and sickened 446,000 more.
At the height of the pandemic, the Empire State was the COVID epicenter of the world, with almost 800 deaths a day. --->READ MORE HERE
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