This is going to get worse before it gets better. I mean the partisan fear-mongering over the Wuhan coronavirus by Democrats and the media to take out President Trump. It could end up doing more harm to the nation than the virus itself.
Case in point: Obama administration Medicare chief Andy Slavitt who wrote on Twitter Thursday night to the 235,000 followers of his blue check mark account that “experts” told him over one million Americans will die of the Wuhan coronavirus because of President Trump. Slavitt accused CDC officials of a cover-up of by saying they are aware of the forecast numbers but are “muzzled” from speaking about them. Slavitt concluded by telling Americans to consider themselves alrready infected.
Talk like this is going to get people killed–not by the virus, but by liberals like the one who tried to mass murder Republican congressmen in 2017, grievously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Slavitt was Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from March 2015 to January 2017. Slavitt is not a doctor, however he has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Slavitt went on a multi-tweet storm:
Currently experts expect over 1 million deaths in the U.S. since the virus was not contained & we cannot even test for it. This will be recorded as a major preventable public health disaster. I will try to relate what I learned from a long day of calls about what is happening.
The original sin is Trump’s months long denial and his dismantling of public health and response infrastructure.
That wasn’t all, but it led to other fatal mistakes. 2/
The public health infrastructure could have been prepared. What does that mean: nasal swabs, respirators, ventilators, RNA kits to read tests, machines, gloves. We can at best do 10,000 tests/day. We should be able to do millions. 3/
All of this could have ramped up and solved in January & February and right now we would be talking about containment. We could have also allowed labs to produce tests earlier or gotten WHO tests. We did not. Why? In part Federal workers could not be seen contradicting Trump. 4/
If you don’t think that’s right, remember only weeks before Trump firing justice department officials who weren’t loyal to him. But worse, tweeting out their names for savage mobs to attack. 5/
Still today, people in the CDC are well aware of the fatality estimates at the top of this thread. Yet they are muzzled. They are aware of the shortages. Yet they are muzzled.
Worse, they are being asked to call the press and tell them they are not being muzzles. 6/
(Note: comment 7 is missing or skipped in a typo.)
1— get the truth out. It doesn’t matter if Trump does, every governor and key public health leaders (Fauci,
@ScottGottliebMD, Hopkins, Gates Foundation) will become trusted sources. 8/
2- Address the highest need & highest risk populations. Start with infection controls in nursing homes that Trump approved— no visitors, separate ventilation. If your parent is in a nursing home, bring them home if you can I’d you don’t see these things. 9/
2- Continued: This means all communal living situations— elder care, homeless, prisons, low income communities with multiple residences, frail elderly, chronically ill. As we have tests these communities must be highest priority. 11/
3- Address the health & durability of the health care workforce. This will be a long duration. They are operating w no roadmap & limited supplies. They need to have tests available to them & telemedicine needs to be the norm for more things. 11/ (for realz)
4- Hospitals will need to free up capacity in: ventilators, ICU rooms, negative pressure rooms & will need to build tent facilities quickly. This means delaying elective things (smart to stay out of there anyway) and coordinating capacity. 12/
5- Everyone’s talking about flattening the curve (it has a hashtag). That just means slowing down the peak and lengthening it so hospitals can manage. The best way to do that … 13/
6- Social isolation. Not kinda, but for real. It’s too late and there aren’t enough tests to do anything but. Assume it is deeply in your community. If you were a Senator, movie star or basketball player you would know you had it. Otherwise assume it. 14/