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‘Total hurts’: Fowzie issues US COVID-19 warning | US & Canada

'Total hurts': Fowzie issues US COVID-19 warning |  US & Canada

The government’s top infectious disease expert says America can not be kept ‘worse’ to prevent a growing number of cases.

The United States’ top infectious disease expert warns that the United States will face “a lot of suffering” in the coming weeks due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.

The remarks made by Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview with the Washington Post are problematic, with President Donald Trump often arguing that the country is “turning around” on the virus.

Fauzi said the U.S. was “not being kept any worse” to prevent a growing number of cases with more people gathering indoors during the cold fall (autumn) and winter months. He says the United States needs to make a “sudden change” in public health.

The death toll from COVID-19 crossed 230,000 last week as daily new infections reached record levels – 98,000 cases were reported on Friday. Hospitalizations are also on the rise in most parts of the country.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Madison, Wisconsin, a health worker calls drive-through COVID-19 testing grounds for incoming cars. [Bing Guan/Reuters]

Many doctors have accused Trump of undermining data and increasing the number of virus deaths for profit – without any evidence.

“My doctors are very smart people,” Trump said at a rally in Michigan on Friday. “So what do they do, ‘I’m sorry, but everyone dies with COVID.”

He suggested that without evidence, doctors could put a higher bill in that case.

Speaking of the risks, Fauzi said he believes Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “takes it seriously from a public health perspective,” but Trump “looks at it from a different angle.”

Fauzi, who is on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the vision was “to reopen the economy and the country.”

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Medical staff treat a patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMC) in Houston, Texas on October 31, 2020. [Go Nakamura/Getty Images/AFP]

In response, White House spokesman Jude Deere said Trump would always put the welfare of the people first, adding that Fowzie was determined to “play politics” ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Deer said it was Fozy’s duty to “express concerns or come forward for a change in strategy”, but instead “choose to criticize the president in the media and find out his political leanings”.

Fauzi said that in his decades of public service, he had not publicly endorsed any political candidate.

Fauzi once explained to Trump every day about the virus, but the president did not seek his advice.

In mid-October, during a telephone conference call, Trump called Fousey a “disaster.”