The record is astronomical, and terrible: the united States became this weekend in the country with more deaths and infections covid-19 in the world.
Until this Monday, over 22,000 people had lost their lives and about 555.000 were infected, although the authorities recognize that the real numbers could be several times higher.
And as the pandemic ravages the most powerful nation of the Earth, many wonder if the U.S. government could have done something to avoid it or, at least, to reduce the impact.
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This weekend, the american newspaper The New York Times published an article that claimed that several health experts had suggested to the White House to take action and implement a mitigation aggressive since the end of February, but were not taken into account.
A statement Sunday from the leading authority in infectious diseases of the country again to bring up the topic.
“If from the beginning, we would have closed everything, could have been a little different, “he told CNN dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the U.S.
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According to the expert, his team issued medical recommendations to the us authorities that they “might have saved lives” if they would have taken before.
“There was a lot of rejection on close things then”, he said.
Trump expressed his disapproval about the interview later on Sunday, sharing a tweet from a former republican Congressional candidate.
“Fauci was saying to the people on the 29th of February that there was nothing to worry about and that (the covid-19) did not represent a threat to the american public in general,” read the tweet from Deanna Lorraine.
And he added: “It’s time for #FireFauci (throw Fauci)”.
Despite the fact that the U.S. reported its first death from coronavirus to the end of February not issued recommendations for social distancing until mid-march.
President Donald Trump has assured repeatedly that his government has performed “very well” to contain the virus and that it has taken “the best answers” on a global level.
In the daily reports that it offers about the virus, the president has called “unfair” and “false news,” the questions of journalists who question the response of his government to the virus.
“What we are doing well, very well,” he said this week.
What he said Fauci?
Fauci noted that health officials can only make recommendations from the point of view of health pure.”
“Often, the decision to take the recommendation. Sometimes it is not. But things are as they are, and that’s why we are where we are now.”
Fauci, who leads the U.s. response to the coronavirus, he added that “no one would deny” that, logically, a mitigation earlier could have saved lives.
However, he admitted that that involves this type of decision is “complicated”.
The doctor also acknowledged that many other factors were involved with the current situation of the pandemic in the united States and which were not due only to a late onset of the mitigation.
Among them, he noted the size and the heterogeneity of the nation.
Signs of hope
The doctor, however, gave signs of optimism and predicted that parts of the U.S. could begin a slow return to normality “at least in some way” next month.
“We don’t want to do this hastily,” he emphasized, pointing out that to put an end to the efforts of containment of the virus too quickly could lead to a new outbreak.
“Depends on what part of the country is concerned, of the nature of the outbreak that you have already experienced and the threat of an outbreak you may not have experienced,” he said.
Fauci commented in addition that I was hoping that the US presidential elections, scheduled for November 3, could take place, if the nation adopts a measured approach to reduce the restrictions.
What is the situation like in New York?
If the situation is critical in most parts of the U.S., in the state of New York is worse.
However, during a briefing on Sunday, governor Andrew Cuomo said that he wants his state, which has been the epicentre of the outbreak, will open “as soon as possible”.
But the governor was cautious and said that there had to be a coordinated approach between neighbouring states, more availability of testing, and additional federal funds.
Cuomo also was skeptical of any forecast.
“Each projection informed experts, by the way, was not correct”.
“I’ve said from the first day: all of these predictions of the type we will open business in may, we will do this in may, we will do this in June`… I think that is all premature. I don’t think anyone can make an informed decision properly now,” he said.
What will smooth out the restrictions in the united States?
The White House is still interested in facilitating the guidelines for social distancing and the 1 of may is a possible date, according to the commissioner of the Agency for Food and Drugs, Stephen Hahn.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the doctor added that the decision to change the restrictions would be ultimately driven by considerations of safety and well-being.
The experts, including Hahn, ensure that you increase the testing will be key to reopening the country, even though Trump has minimized the need for testing generalized.
Cuomo and New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, have called for more tests to pre-empt the impact of the virus.
On Sunday, Cuomo announced an executive order that called for most antibody tests to determine who might have immunity to the covid-19 and go back to work.
The questions about when the united States could relax its containment efforts occur as states continue to wrestle with the spread of the virus.
The deputy press secretary of the White House, Judd Deere, announced Trump had issued a declaration of major disaster for Wyoming on Saturday, which means that the 50 states have these declarations in force for the first time in history.
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