America’s top public health expert has once again publicly contradicted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s false claims about the coronavirus pandemic.
The vice president recently claimed the US has “slowed the spread”, and both Pence and the president have claimed the worrying increase in coronavirus cases is due to more testing.
Fauci said this was not true.
“When you look at the number of hospitalizations, and you see some of the states say, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m having more hospitalizations than I had before,’ that cannot be due to increase in testing. That has to be due to increase in real cases,” he told the Globe.
Hospitalizations are continuing to rise in the states reporting infection increases.
At Tucson medical center in Arizona on Monday, only one intensive care unit bed out of 20 was available.
“ICU to be expanded, hopefully, in coming days,” Dr Steven Oscherwitz, an infectious disease expert at the hospital, said in a tweet on Monday night. “Not sure where people needing ICU care will be able to go, since most AZ [Arizona] hospitals are pretty full now.
In Florida, which reported another record single-day increase in cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, new data shows hospitals across the state have filled most or all available beds in their respective intensive care units.
Fauci has also warned people against attending Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday.
Asked if he would personally attend the campaign rally, Fauci said: “No.”
“I’m in a high-risk category. Personally, I would not. Of course not,” he said. With regard to Trump’s rallies, Fauci said “outside is better than inside, no crowd is better than crowd” and “crowd is better than big crowd”.