Texas Doc: Abbott’s COVID Response is Worse Public Health Failure in Nation’s History
Months ago, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic was in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. That has changed dramatically. The states have seen their cases drop to the point that they’re now requiring people to come in from other states with high case loads to self quarantine.
The states that are now seeing the most dramatic case rises are Arizona, Florida and Texas. On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the state’s spike unacceptable. Dr. Peter Hotez says that Texas’ failing is completely due to Abbott’s leadership.
Dr. Hotez works as the dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. He made the comments during an appearance on CNN’s New Day.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is a mess.
His press conference remarks are basically, “On the one hand, on the other.” No new solutions. That’s why coronavirus is surging here.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 22, 2020
The Doctor told John Berman, “[this is the] greatest public health failure in the history of the nation.”
“We’re seeing a very steep acceleration in the number of cases here in Houston, in our metro areas, as you pointed out, and also in San Antonio and Austin. And it’s not just an increase in the number of cases, it’s the slope, the way it’s accelerating. It’s almost vertical. This is what we call an exponential rise, meaning it’s been flat for a while and now it’s going up almost vertically.”
The Medical School Dean then called for a statewide shutdown. “If it were up to me, we would do exactly what we did towards the end of March, which is a full — implement a full lockdown and social distancing,” said Dr. Hotez. “That’s the only way that I see that we’re going to start to bring those numbers down.