Coronavirus US live: Trump tweets about 'light at end of tunnel' while experts warn of worst week yet
Surgeon general warns of ‘Pearl Harbor moment’ as US faces ‘hardest week’Fauci: no evidence anti-malaria drug Trump pushes worksLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 3.17pm BST A Washington Post investigation showed the Trump administration missed key opportunities to prepare for the coronavirus crisis.The Post reports: The failure has echoes of the period leading up to 9/11: Warnings were sounded, including at the highest levels of government, but the president was deaf to them until the enemy had already struck.The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus — the first of many — in the President’s Daily Brief. 3.04pm BST As America braces for the worst week of the coronavirus crisis yet, experts say there is one bit of good news.A projection on the pandemic shows the estmated number of overall deaths in the US has declined since last week. The University of Washington model, one of several cited by U.S. and some state officials, now projects U.S. deaths at 81,766 by Aug. 4, down about 12,000 from a projection over the weekend.The model, which is frequently updated with new data, projects the peak need for hospital beds on April 15 and for daily deaths at 3,130 on April 16. Continue reading...
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As the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House is seeking to undercut...As the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House is seeking to undercut the country's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has criticized the US response to the virus. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro penned an op-ed for USA Today Tuesday attacking Fauci and saying the infectious disease expert "has been wrong about everything" — from mask wearing to using hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. As a director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci has offered science-based advice to Americans amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which has at times been opposed by individuals in the White House. While the White House has urged states to reopen their economies amid the pandemic, Fauci has painted a much darker picture of the reality of the virus, calling it his "worst nightmare." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Anti-China trade adviser has become the face of the White House's criticism of the country's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro penned an op-ed for USA Today Tuesday attacking Fauci, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force. The op-ed largely repeats what Navarro has previously said to other publications. Navarro, who has no public health expertise, wrote that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "has been wrong about everything," claiming the White House and public health officials have been at odds over a number of issues, including stopping flights from China at the end of January. Navarro also said Fauci was "flip-flopping" on his use of face masks to mitigate the spread of the virus. Fauci had explained that he discouraged the use of face masks at the beginning of the pandemic to reserve the little supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the national stockpile at the time for healthcare professionals at the frontlines. Though he believes that face masks won't completely prevent transmission, Fauci now encourages the use of face masks — at the very least, cloth facial coverings — to contain viral particles that could be present in an individual's saliva, adding that social distancing is paramount to impede infection. The infectious disease expert remains optimistic about the timeline of a coronavirus vaccine within the coming year, though he has cautioned people against relying on hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malaria drug — as a coronavirus treatment given a lack of sufficient evidence of its effectiveness. In the op-ed, Navarro claimed he showed Fauci "scientific studies providing evidence of safety and efficacy," despite a number of health experts saying it is still too soon to tell if the drug can safely treat the coronavirus. President Donald Trump also supported hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, even so far as to take it himself as a "preventative measure." Coronavirus whistleblower and vaccine scientist Dr. Rick Bright also discouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. He claimed in his whistleblower complaint that he was ousted from his top position at the Department of Health and Human Services because he refused to tout the drug as a treatment. Now, as the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House has encouraged states to reopen without a comprehensive coronavirus testing and contact tracing infrastructure — a vital component to reopening the country safely, according to health experts. Though seemingly unphased by the rising cases, as Trump referred to the rising cases as "embers" to be stamped out, Fauci has painted a much darker picture, calling the current situation of the pandemic his "worst nightmare." "Now we have something that turned out to be my worst nightmare," he said. "In the period of four months, it has devastated the world." Trump has attempted to assure Americans that the US by reiterating the low mortality rate of the virus. "Now we have tested almost 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless," Trump said. "Results that no other country can show because no other country has the testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of quality." Navarro echoed the point in his op-ed, calling the lower mortality rate "the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening." "The lower the mortality rate, the faster and more we can open," he wrote. In stark contrast, the infectious disease expert said that taking "comfort" in the lower death rate could promote a "false narrative" on the development of the pandemic. "There's so many other things that are very dangerous and very bad about this virus," Fauci said. "Don't get yourself into false complacency."SEE ALSO: Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro claimed Fauci is 'wrong about everything,' as the White House seeks to discredit him on COVID-19 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time