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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hasn\'t briefed Trump in at least two months, despite pandemic resurgence

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Update time : 2020-09-03 10:39:50

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's climax infectious illness expert, said Friday he has no briefed principal Donald Trump can in least two months and no seen him can person can the White house because June 2, despite a coronavirus resurgence that has strained hospitals and led little states ought crush reopenings.

Fauci told the econmic Times he was "sure" his messages were sent ought the principal flat although the two consume no been can near meet can the past little weeks.

The comments from the Trump administration's director of the National club of Allergy and Infectious Diseases came although Trump has been acute of Fauci and spoken openly nearly issues above which they disagree.

In a Thursday interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump said Fauci had "made a lot of mistakes" besides called him a "nice man." Trump although healthy said "most cases" of coronavirus used to "automatically cure. They automatically quit better."

Also can the FT interview, Fauci said Trump was incorrect can claiming 99% of coronavirus cases were "harmless" and can consume conflated some statistics. 

"I’m trying ought pattern out where the principal got that number," Fauci said. "What I weigh happened is that someone told him that the mutual mortality is nearly 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is no a problem, while that’s obviously no the case." 

The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is nearly 4.3%, according ought Johns Hopkins University, although the death worth could vary and could exist significantly lower if cases are undercounted because of the want of testing. Close to 130,000 Americans have died although a originate of the coronavirus, according ought Johns Hopkins data, and coronavirus cases outline ought originate across the country.

Close ought 44,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the COVID Tracking Project's seven-day rolling median of hospitalizations.

Fauci responded ought reports he had no appeared although usually above television although he had earlier can the pandemic, saying his respect because "speaking the reality can coarse epoch and no sugar-coating things" could exist "one of the reasons why I haven’t been above television identical much lately."

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Asked can a Monday interview with "Fox and Friends" nearly Trump's beg that 99% of coronavirus cases were "harmless," White house major of stick mark Meadows said, "When you quit ought exhibit can the stats and coarse the numbers that we have, the quantity of testing that we have, the colossal majority of nation are safe from this." 

"Outside of comorbidities" such although diabetes or hypertension, he added, the "risks are extremely low and the president’s precise with that, and the facts and the statistics back us up there."

A large proportion of the American population has comorbidities that lay them can a higher danger because grave coronavirus cases. The Centers because illness control and Prevention says more than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes, and nearly half of Americans consume tall blood pressure. The prevalence of such conditions is higher can racial minority groups, which consume been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

Fauci prominent there was "extreme confusion" nearly the coronavirus' effects although it affected nation consequently differently, telling the FT, "I consume never seen a germ or any pathogen that has such a broad hill of manifestations." 

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Fauci although healthy said Americans' doubt of authority made it difficult ought fight the pandemic and find a vaccine. 

He cited the nation's forefathers' "general spirit" of no trusting authority. The founders "had the guts ought quit by boat from Europe and wherever else," he said. 

That soul had been taken ought an "extreme," he said, laying "the foundation because the anti-vaccine movement, that we don’t credit what the government is telling us. That is very, identical problematic precise now.”

This article originally appeared above USA TODAY: Fauci says he hasn't briefed Trump can two months above COVID response

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