COVID-19 Update: Yeah, It’s Still Here

Ken AshfordEbola/Zika/COVID-19 Viruses, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment



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You wouldn’t know it from the news, but we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. States are gingerly opening up, but gatherings are limited. No sports, no movies, no theater, no concerts. I personally am still working from home.

Trump, no in full campaign and fascist mode, barely talks about coronavirus. In fact….

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most prominent membersĀ of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Monday that he has not spoken to or metĀ with President Donald Trump in two weeks.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that that his contact with the President has become much less frequent.

Their last interaction was May 18, when Trump invited Fauci to provide medical context during a teleconference with the nation’s governors. The Task Force last met on May 28 and last held a White House press briefing on May 22.

News that the pair haven’t communicated in two weeks comes during a critical period in the US coronavirus response as all 50 states have relaxed social distancing measures even as the virus’ death toll continues to climb. As of Monday, at least 1.79 million Americans have contracted the virus and at least 104,300 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Put another way, 15,000 Americans have died since the coronavirus task force last met.