Admiral Brett Giroir, who is presently serving as the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Trump administration, contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that the surge in new coronavirus positive cases in the United States is due to an increase in testing for the disease. In his interview with NBC News, Giroir said - “We do believe, and the data also shows that cases are going up. It’s not just a function of testing. Yes, we are testing for more cases, but the cases are actually going up. We know it because the hospitalizations are also going up.” Brett Giroir is one of the decorated officers in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He is a four-star admiral and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of Americans.
On the other hand, Trump has repeatedly tried to shift the focus to increased testing capacity as the reason for the nationwide surge in the positive coronavirus cases. On Monday, he tweeted, “Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST.” He further blamed the media for highlighting the issue, which is affecting his reelection campaign. “A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all-time high. On November 4th., the topic will totally change. VOTE!” he added in his tweet. As Giroir pointed out, the cases are actually blowing out of proportion irrespective of the testing capacity. The United States recorded a single-day record of more than 83,000 Covid-19 cases on Friday, a new record globally, and also in the country. Public health experts also warned that a flu season would increase the number of cases.
However, Trump has different plans to help his campaign. At a campaign rally in Michigan on Tuesday, Trump argued that the US has more cases because “we test more.” He added, “I hate testing in many ways. We test everybody. If I tested half, then the cases would go down by approximately half.” President Trump’s remarks come at a crucial time as Election Day is just under seven days away. This is the reason Trump and his administration are promoting misleadingly positive assessments. Reports also emerged about another possible White House coronavirus outbreak among the Vice President staff. Mark Meadows, the chief of staff at the White House, also acknowledged that the administration had given up on its efforts to stop the spread of the virus. “We are not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows said. Giroir differed with that message saying - “Although the US was at a critical point in handling the pandemic, we can control the virus.”
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