The coronavirus pandemic continued to set records across the U.S. on Wednesday, even as the administration of President Donald Trump touted its first-term accomplishments in a news release that suggested it had ended the crisis that has cost more than 226,000 American lives and shows no signs of abating.
The U.S. has counted a record 500,000 new infections in the past week, according to the New York Times, as 20 states, including Illinois, recorded their highest seven-day averages since the start of the outbreak.
The Midwest and Mountain West are in precarious positions with hospitals rapidly filling. Three states, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, suffered record seven-day averages for fatalities, the Times reported, while Oklahoma and Wyoming set records for most deaths in a single day.
The White House in a press release wrote “ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” in bold capitalized letters as one of the administration’s achievements during Trump’s first term.
‘There is no metric that points to the U.S. being anywhere close to ending the pandemic; actually, we are trending in all the wrong directions and are in the middle of a coronavirus storm. Downplaying the virus is really dangerous, because letting down our guard enables the virus to spread much more.’
“This is wishful thinking, not the truth,” Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University School of Public Health, told MarketWatch.
“There is no metric that points to the U.S. being anywhere close to ending the pandemic; actually, we are trending in all the wrong directions and are in the middle of a coronavirus storm. Downplaying the virus is really dangerous, because letting down our guard enables the virus to spread much more.”
Others said members of the White House task force created to manage the pandemic response that is led by Vice President Mike Pence and includes leading infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, and, as coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx are angry about the claim, coming as the U.S. is still in the throes of a crisis that has killed more Americans than died in combat in World War I and World War II combined.
Trump continued to hold campaign rallies against the advice of his own health experts, and freezing weather at a rally in Omaha late Tuesday caused mayhem for some of the roughly 6,000 people who attended, according to media reports.
The campaign had promised buses to transport supporters from Eppley…