US President Donald Trump’s administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States, has become a key issue in the presidential election.
Trump has been widely criticized for reducing the risk of the virus in the early stages and the importance of the United States registering the highest number of deaths in the world related to Covid-19 disease.
And after Trump himself has tested positive for COVID-19, these issues are likely to be brought to the forefront of the spotlight during the final stages of the presidential campaign.
“Death rates are low compared to other countries“
Trump had compared death rates in other countries with death rates in the United States, claiming that the latter was much lower.
But comparisons between countries are not a simple process, as there are different methods of reporting data on Coronavirus.
The United States has the highest number of cases and the highest total number of deaths recorded of any country in the world.
But when you look at deaths as a percentage of the population of each country, the United States is no longer at the top of the list, even though it is still among the 10 most affected countries in the world.
Trump also recently referred to the increasing number of new cases of infection in Europe, saying: “Frankly, their numbers are much worse than the numbers we have.”
Sure, some countries in Europe are seeing a large increase in new cases, but this is also true for some areas in the United States.
Slow down the coronavirus testing process
At a campaign rally last June, Trump told the crowd, “I told my group, ‘Slow down the testing process, please.”
But then he said that his comment was a kind of irony.
“To my knowledge, none of us have ever been asked to slow down the testing process,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s most prominent expert in infectious diseases.
However, President Trump described the testing process as a “double-edged sword,” and said that increased testing could give an exaggerated impression of a rise in cases.
effectiveness Anti-malaria drug
Last May, Trump announced that he was taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a precaution against Covid-19 disease.
But there is no evidence that this drug can fight the virus.
Trump consistently advised the use of this drug, contrary to the advice of Dr. Fauchi, who said: “We know that every good study – and I mean a good study, a randomized controlled study in which the data are reliable and credible – showed that the drug” hydroxychloroquine “is not effective in treating Covid-19 . “
The US Food and Drug Administration also advised against using the drug in treating Corona virus patients, following reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” and other health problems.
The World Health Organization said that “there is currently no evidence” that the drug is effective as a treatment or that it prevents Covid-19.
Biden: “Trump tried to block funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government agency responsible for public health in the United States, has had disagreements with the president during the pandemic over guidelines for lockdowns and other measures.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made the statement on Twitter in July, without providing context or evidence for the issue.
At the time, US lawmakers were negotiating large aid to mitigate the damage of the Corona virus, and there were reports in the American media that the Trump administration was lobbying to reduce funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But the White House denied the funding was blocked, saying, “The claim made by the Biden team is wrong. In our latest budget, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saw their allocations increase by $ 635 million, an increase of 8%.”
And it’s true, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised additional funds during the pandemic response.
Initially, the Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, which begins in October 2020, included a cutback in CDC funding, but has now been revised to include an increase in funding, including funding for activities related to the infectious disease.
Trump: “We’ve increased the number of rapid screening tools to reach every nursing home in America.”
Examination in care homes is of great importance, as the elderly are more susceptible to infection with the Coronavirus.
In the early stages of the epidemic, there were large numbers of deaths in nursing homes in the United States and in many other countries.
The White House said Trump’s statement was accurate and that 4.9 million rapid checkers had been delivered to nearly 14,000 approved care homes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, there are 15,600 care homes with 1.3 million residents.
Professor Debra Bakrjian of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in California says that “screening residents and workers in care homes was difficult, as was the case with other healthcare sectors.”
“Efforts to provide home screening are moving forward, but not without pitfalls,” says Bakrjian.
Trump: “If you exclude the blue states، Our mortality is at a very low level. “
Trump has said that Democrat-run states – known as the Blue States – are responsible for the high death toll from the Coronavirus in America.
Trump said recently: “If you exclude the blue states, we are at a level that I don’t think anyone in the world has reached. We are really at a very low level.”
“Get New York and some other Democratic-run states out of the picture, and you’ll see incredible numbers,” he went on.
The Democratic National Committee responded in a tweet on Twitter, saying that “Covid disease is not a matter of a red or blue state.”
Of the five states with the highest numbers of coronavirus deaths, two are run by Republicans: Texas and Florida.
It is true that in the initial stage of the disease, the states run by Democrats such as New York and New Jersey were the most affected, and they accounted for the vast majority of deaths.
But as the pandemic progressed, Republican-led states claimed an increasing share of deaths.
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