Dr. Deborah Birx Blasts Media For Scaring People With Salacious Coronavirus Figures
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator slams media
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, has slammed the establishment media for "frightening people" with salacious reporting on the coronavirus epidemic.
Birx’s remarks came after MSNBC’s Chris Hayes warned the coronavirus could kill 1% of the U.S. population, which is over 3.2 million people.
“We have done some things that are horizontal across the country, but we are collecting data now in a county by county granular way. So, it’s like any epidemic, it’s not equal everywhere,” Birx said.
“There are places that are very spared and places where there is more. We have a very vast country with a lot of capacity and a lot of infrastructure.”
“If you do these projections, when you got to those projections that said like in Germany and others that implied that 60% or 50% of the population would get infected, I want to be very clear, the only way that happens is that this virus remains continuously moving through populations in this cycle, in the fall cycle, and another cycle,” Birx added.
“That’s through three cycles with nothing being done.”
“We are dealing with cycle ‘A’ right now, not one that could come in the fall of 2020, and that we’re getting prepared for by the innovations that are being worked on, and not 2021 [cycle],” Birx continued.
“We’re really dealing with the here and now while we are planning for the future. And I think the numbers that have been put out there are actually very frightening to people.”
“But I can tell you if you go back and look at Wuhan and Hubei and all of these provinces, when they talk about 60,000 people being infected, even if you said, alright, well there’s asymptomatics and all of that, so you get to 600,000 people out of 80 million,” Birx added.
As Fox News reported, Birx also pushed back against rumors of changes to do-not-resuscitate policies, saying such falsehoods could scare the public.
Hospitals across the United States are reportedly discussing the possibility of a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients to prevent the virus from spreading.
"There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion," Birx said.
Dr. Deborah Birx suggests the media is irresponsibly presenting distorted coronavirus numbers to the American people in an effort to frighten them pic.twitter.com/igxmS07xeS— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) March 26, 2020
“That is nowhere close to the numbers that you see people putting out there. I think it has frightened the American people.”
Unsurprisingly, CNN refused to air Birx speech at the press conference.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this, the White House blasted CNN and MSNBC for cutting away from the Trump administration's daily coronavirus task force briefing, describing the actions of the news outlets as "disgraceful."
White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted:
"Pretty disgraceful that @CNN and @MSNBC have both cut away from this @WhiteHouse briefing with @realDonaldTrump and @Mike_Pence during a global pandemic. Thank you to @FoxNews for keeping Americans informed. #COVID19."