Dr. Tom peace, the former director of Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionsaid the recent increase coronavirus The cases in all regions of the country are the result of the spread of the virus, not an increase in testing, as President Donald Trump has argued.
“As a doctor, scientist, epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in most states where you see an increase, it is a real increase”, Frieden told Fox News Sunday.
He added, “These are not more tests. It’s more spread of the virus. … The numbers you see are just part of the even more widespread iceberg. “
Trump said last week that he pushed administration officials to slow testing to avoid the high number of confirmed infections. (White House officials said he was joking, but the president told reporters days later, he never “kid”.)
“To be honest with you, when you do more testing, you find more cases,” said the president. told CBN News Monday. “And then they report that our cases have gone through the roof.”
There have been more than 125,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States and more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of the virus nationwide as of Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States reported more than 45,000 new cases on Friday, breaking the country’s one-day grand total record. Hospitalizations have increased dramatically in several states, including Arizona, Florida, Texas and South Carolina.
Frieden, who chaired the CDC from June 2009 to January 2017, hinted Sunday that these states had reopened too early in the pandemic.
“If you open while business continues to grow, as many states have, it’s like bending over in a left hook: you’re going to be hit hard,” said Frieden.
He estimated that another 15,000 people in the United States will die from COVID-19 next month.
Vice President Mike Pence, who Trump appointed to lead the White House coronavirus task force in February, said earlier this week that the death toll in the United States could exceed 240,000.
Meanwhile, Alex Azar, the secretary of health and social services, warned on Sunday that the wave of new infections is a “very serious situation”.
“I encourage your listeners, if you have had COVID, call your blood bank, the American Red Cross, and please donate plasma to increase our supplies,” Azar said in an interview on “State of the Union “by CNN. “So we have the tools to do it, we just did it in the past two weeks in North Carolina, but the window closes. We must act and individuals must act responsibly. “
The majority of new infections in the southern states have affected people 35 and under who may be asymptomatic and less severely threatened, added Azar.
But Frieden warned on Sunday too much comfort that it is mostly young people who test positive in some states.
“What starts with young people does not stay with young people,” he said. “Young people have parents, uncles. … we will see an increasing spread. This is why the three W’s are so important: wear a mask, wash your hands or use a disinfectant and watch your distance. “
In June, Frieden pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a sexual harassment case. A 55-year-old woman claimed to have caught her buttocks without her consent in her apartment in 2017. As part of her plea, the charges of forced contact, sexual assault and harassment against him were dropped.
Watch Frieden’s full interview on “Fox News Sunday” below.
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