When the president’s own medical adviser refuses to correct his misconception, the confidence gap for the coronavirus widens

“I’m not going to get into who’s right and who’s wrong,” Hahn, a member of the White House coronavirus working group, told Bash during CNN’s “Union State” when asked to explain the basis for the president’s claim and why would he push the narrative that most Covid-19 cases are harmless when his public health experts say otherwise.

“What I’m going to say is that we have data in the White House working group. That data shows us it’s a serious problem. People need to take it seriously,” the FDA chief said, after Bash asked him for the fourth time to correct misinformation from President.

Hahn’s refusal to specifically address Trump’s erroneous claim pointed to a widening gap between trust between Americans and this administration. Hahn was clearly afraid to correct the president — a pattern that was repeated over and over again in an administration where disagreement or underestimation of Trump cost many appointments to their jobs.

If Trump officials are afraid to correct the basic facts in the midst of a pandemic – where the president seems to believe his re-election campaign is conditioned by his ability to deliver good news about the economic revival and finding a vaccine to stop the virus from spreading. – Can Americans trust the information coming from Trump and the administration about the safety and effectiveness of a potential vaccine later this or next year?

Only 26% of registered voters believed Trump was giving accurate information about the coronavirus, it is reported last year’s New York Times / Siena College poll; about 77% of registered voters trusted U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While Hahn appealed to Americans to follow the instructions of the CDC and public health experts – noting that if they don’t follow CDC guidelines, they put themselves and “their loved ones” at risk – he didn’t dive into the statistics it better explains why the president 99% claim so wrong.

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The coronavirus death rate in the U.S. was 4.6% on Saturday when the president filed the claim, according to Johns Hopkins University, The CDC estimates that a third of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, but this does not make the disease less of a threat because people with mild or no symptoms can transmit the virus to others.

In addition, the World Health Organization said that 20% of all people diagnosed with coronavirus are sick enough to need oxygen or hospital care. And cities like Los Angeles, Houston and other parts of Texas, Arizona and Florida are watching their hospitals fill with Covid-19 cases as the virus cries out in those hot spots, raising concerns about the availability of intensive care beds.

“We have to accept the fact that we’re right in the second wave,” former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Sunday during CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “It’s not a clear point of insight into how we’re going to control all this.”

CNG’s Maggie Fox contributed to this report.

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