His optimism is not contagious
Donald Trump believes that the United States is well prepared for the coronavirus. In 2018, however, he cut the funds and dissolved structures. This is now taking its revenge.
Everything is under control, that is already going away – Donald Trump tries to calm the Americans down. In the fight against the coronavirus, his government had “a lot of talent and brainpower”, said the US President during his trip to India this week. And now again in a special press conference: The country is “very, very prepared”, the risk is “very low”, and the outbreak will soon be over.
The experts who turned to the public this week see the situation somewhat differently. The CDC Agency for Disease Control and Prevention believes the virus will continue to spread to the United States and affect everyday life.
Even in the joint press conference with Trump, the experts countered the President’s cheerful optimism on Wednesday evening. CDC Vice Director Anne Schuchat and Minister of Health and Social Services Alex Azar once again confirmed: There will be more cases, so far 60 have been confirmed in the United States, with no fatal outcome. Work on a vaccine will take far more than a year, and further development is uncertain. CDC director Robert Redfield was asked in a congressional hearing whether he agreed with Trump and whether the coronavirus would be gone by April. The clear answer: No, “it would be reasonable to assume that we will have to live with this pathogen for some time to come”.