Donald Trump Jr. speaks to an audience wearing ponchos during a rain shower at a Fighters Against Socialism campaign rally in support of his father, U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Donald Trump Jr.. downplayed the coronavirus outbreak, saying the number of new Covid deaths in the US is “next to nothing”, even with an average of 800 people in the country dying from the disease each day.
The US reported 971 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the past seven days, an average of more than 800 people died from the disease each day in the United States, a 14% increase from two weeks ago. This is evident from a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.
That’s a much fewer number of daily deaths than in the spring, when the US reported more than 2,600 deaths in a single day. While the daily new deaths have remained relatively constant over the past few weeks, the number is tending to increase. According to Hopkins data, the US average daily neuter deaths have not steadily fallen below 700 per day since July.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its forecast of virus deaths earlier this week. It is now projected “that an uncertain trend in new COVID-19 deaths will be reported over the next four weeks and that 3,900-10,000 new deaths are expected to be reported in the week leading up to November 21, 2020.”
In an interview Thursday night on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham’s show, Trump Jr. said, “The reality is, if you look, I posted it on my Instagram a few days ago because I was looking through the CDC data because I kept hearing about new infections. “
“But I said, ‘Well why don’t you talk about deaths?’ Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing, “added the president’s eldest son. “Because we are in control of it and understand how it works. You have the therapeutics to deal with it.”
Scientists and doctors have made a number of clinical advances that have reduced the chances of someone diagnosed with Covid dying. The antiviral drug remdesivir Gilead It has been found to shorten hospitalization time for seriously ill patients, and the steroid dexamethasone has been shown to reduce the risk of death.
Doctors and nurses have also developed better clinical care for patients, lowering the death rate, said Dr. Bill Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University.
“Although we can improve people better, it is clear that older people still have a much higher risk of death and people with underlying diseases also have a much higher risk,” said Schaffner on Friday. “You can’t get them all back. We don’t have any magic bullets.”
Trump Jr. has also downplayed the rising number of new cases, saying that infections are increasing “because they test more”. That is an assertion the President repeats Donald Trump, Who tweeted Friday morning that “more tests equals more cases. We have the best tests. Deaths WAY DOWN.”
But that claim has even been denied by Trump’s own top health officials. Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health who leads the government’s testing efforts, said Wednesday on NBC’s “TODAY” show that tests alone cannot explain the rise in cases. A good indication of this, epidemiologists say, is that the percentage of positive tests increases along with the number of new cases.
In the past seven days, an average of 6.3% of all tests were positive, up from 5.5% the week before. according to Hopkins data.
Trump Jr.’s comments came as the U.S. reported more new cases in a single day than ever before. The country reported 88,521 new cases of the virus on Thursday, bringing the 7-day average of new cases to around 76,590, which is also a new record, according to CNBC analysis. That number is up more than 25% compared to a week ago, according to analysis by CNBC.
Senior health officials and epidemiologists expect the number of deaths to continue to rise as cases rise too. The question that remains is how many new deaths will come.
“If things don’t change, if they continue the course we are on, there will be a lot of pain in this country in terms of additional cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said CNBC’s Shep Smith on Wednesday.
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