Despite his best efforts, Donald Trump just can’t escape the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States. While the illness was somewhat coming under control in mid-May, cases have again exploded with hot-spots in Florida, Texas and Arizona.
The White House and especially Trump have pushed the idea that more testing has led to more cases. Still, those affected states are nearing capacity in many emergency rooms. Trump again tried to downplay the pandemic on Saturday, claiming that 99% of cases are “harmless.”
The President made the comments during a 4th of July celebration in Washington DC. He told supporters, “We got hit by the virus that came from China. We’ve made a lot of progress. Our strategy is moving along well. It goes out in one area, it rears back its ugly face in another area. But we’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned how to put out the flame.”
The Commander in Chief continued, “Now we have tested almost 40m people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless. Results that no other country can show because no other country has the testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of quality.”
While the mortality rate in new cases is much lower than it was in the early days of the pandemic, the 99% figure is still off base. A total of 4.5% of Americans who have tested positive for coronavirus have died. That figure doesn’t include people who will have long-term health problems after recovering from the illness.
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