President Trump Highlights Strategies for Coronavirus Pandemic
April 6, 2020. In a White House press briefing held on Monday, President Trump asserted his desire to remove some of the country’s social distancing and quarantine restrictions by the end of April but did not give an exact time frame.
NPR reported that the president treaded between somber anticipation of a surge of deaths in upcoming weeks, and praise about the ongoing coronavirus response plan, saying that “tremendous progress has been made in a very short period.”
The federal government has tried to prepare the nation, but many experts say the worst is still to come. So far, in the US, there are 347,000 verified cases of COVID-19, and over 10,000 people have died from the virus.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams admitted that the days to come would be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the president’s mixed messages about the pandemic appeared inconsistent, but weren’t.
He explained by saying, “If we start seeing now a flattening or stabilization of cases, what you’re hearing about potential light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t take away from the fact that tomorrow or the next day is going to look really bad. So we’ve got to make sure we realize we’re always talking about a two-and-a-half-week lag.”
Fauci and other health experts hope that if Americans continue adhering to stay at home orders, practice social distancing, and proper hygiene, the coronavirus outbreak may be less deadly than initially thought.
These policies can potentially flatten the curve of infections and lead to a lower fatality rate.
Shortages Of Resources And Supplies
President Trump also shared the latest statistics about medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing, saying that some areas were assembling more resources than expected.
However, reports show that deficiencies continue in many parts of the country, particularly PPE and coronavirus testing kits.
The president denied that there was a shortage, implying that the report issued by Christi Grimm, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, was politically motivated.
He also asked when she was designated. Grimm entered her office in January, after already working within the agency.
After reporters mentioned fundamental hurdles connected to accomplishing a small business relief loan program, President Trump maintained that the response was going well, saying, “It’s such a positive event, and you ask it in such a negative way.”
Navy Hospital Ships To Support Healthcare Facilities
To help relieve the burden of coronavirus cases in two major US cities, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, two US Navy hospital ships, are being deployed to New York City and Los Angeles, respectively.
At first, officials hoped that the ships, which hold roughly 1,000 beds, would function as surge capacity for non-pandemic patients, effectively making more room for coronavirus cases onshore.
However, the influx of cases now requires the vessels to receive individuals with COVID-19 as well.
A Possible Fourth Relief Bill
During the Monday briefing, President Trump speculated the need for his administration and Congress to work out a fourth relief bill after passing the new $2 trillion package meant to save the economy from nosediving.
The president admits he is receptive and would be willing to agree to another bill if necessary. He stated that “real infrastructure” and the American people were his two priorities for another coronavirus package.
President Trump estimated that this new bill would also consist of another $2 trillion.
- Ewing, Philip, and Barbara Sprunt. “Watch Live: White House Task Force Warns Of Deadly Week Ahead.” NPR, NPR, 6 Apr. 2020, www.npr.org/2020/04/06/826813296/white-house-task-force-warns-of-deadly-week-ahead-as-trump-blames-governors.