He said mixed signals from the White House under the Trump administration were not helpful in the fight against coronavirus
Over a year since the first case of coronavirus was identified in the US, more than half a million Americans have died in the pandemic. As the US crossed this grim milestone, Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said that the political divide in the country has contributed significantly to this ‘stunning’ death toll.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 28,188,310 cases of coronavirus have been reported from across the US and 500,236 Americans have lost their lives to the pandemic. It comes a year after the first known case of coronavirus death was reported from the US. Life expectancy in the US also fell by a full year in the first half of 2020, fuelled by the pandemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the first half of 2020, life expectancy at birth for the total US population was 77.8 years, declining by 1 year from 78.8 in 2019.
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“At the end of the day, everybody got hit really badly…Everybody (every country) had a problem. However, that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the most percentage of deaths and be the hardest-hit country in the world. That I believe should not have happened,” Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy (NIAID), and chief medical adviser in the Joe Biden administration, told Reuters.
Dr Fauci explained, “I tried to analyze what the most compelling reason why we’ve done worse than we should have done… If ever you did not want to have an outbreak of any sort in a certain condition, it would be in a condition where there was intense divisiveness in society, which is what we have. There’s red states and blue states that are almost hostile to each other in some respects because of political differences. I think that’s the worst possible ingredients to be able to address an outbreak of an infection that even under the best of circumstances would be a formidable challenge.”
Former president Donald Trump was often at loggerheads with public health experts as well as his own advisors on the coronavirus taskforce. The administration has also been criticized for repeatedly undermining the CDC and the guidelines issued by it to tackle the pandemic. Under the Trump administration, for example, wearing a face mask reportedly. Brinkwire Brief News.