Despite being on the COVID-19 task force, Anthony Fauci and President Trump haven’t always been eye-to-eye on many issues.
The latest development is bound to set them on a collision course and the good doctor is unmovable in his beliefs.
Fauci is set to appear before the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday via video.
According to Fauci, he will advise the committee that reopening the economy too soon could cause ‘needless suffering and death.’
He added, ‘The major message that I wish to convey… is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely. If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country.’
A familiar face at the daily government briefings on the pandemic, Fauci will have a rare moment before the public without Trump by his side.
With the president set on reopening the economy, what do you think will Fauci’s statement mean?
White House Initiates Stringent Mask Measures Exempting President Trump
Three days after a high-ranking aide to Vice President Pence tested positive for COVID-19, the White House has rushed to implement strict measures.
On Monday, a White House memo ordered officials and staff to wear face coverings or masks in the West Wing.
In addition, the memo warned people against ‘unnecessary visits’ to the President’s office to avoid spread of the virus inside the presidential compound.
Interestingly, these directives are not forced on the staff seated at their desks as long as they are ‘appropriately socially distanced.’ President Trump doesn’t have to wear a mask while in the White House either. There are perks to being the most powerful man on Earth.
Do you think that these measures are enough to protect the President or should more stringent steps, like staff be required to work from home, be taken?
Fears of a Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections Force Wuhan to Conduct City-Wide Testing
It seems like things at the COVID-19 ground zero are not as rosy as we have been led to believe.
In recent weeks, reports coming from Wuhan have been highly optimistic, indicating that the worst is over and the coronavirus monster is finally slain.
However, now a second wave of infections has come about, Wuhan is being a bit more cautious and the city is currently planning to conduct testing on all its residents.
Dubbed the ‘10-day battle,’ the testing is a response to the rising number of cases in the past week after more than one month without new infections.
The testing exercise was announced in an emergency notice that was issued to ‘strengthen social prevention and control, prevent the rebound of the epidemic, and strengthen the normalization of epidemic prevention and control.’
Does this mean Wuhan going back to the bad old days or will the 10-days testing bring things back under control?
Russian Hospital Fire Kills COVID-19 Patients Connected to Ventilators
A hospital fire in Saint Petersburg, Russia has killed several COVID-19 patients connected to ventilators.
According to Russia’s Emergency Ministry, the blaze started on Tuesday morning at the St. George Hospital on the sixth floor.
Luckily, 150 patients were evacuated in time, but five patients have tragically died.
The building in question had been set aside for coronavirus patients.
An emergency services spokesman was quoted stating that the fire might have been caused by an electric fault.
Another source claimed that it was caused by an overload after the ventilators were ‘pushed to their limit.’
Russia’s Investigative Committee, tasked with investigating serious crimes has initiated an inquiry in to the incident.
Homophobia Erupts as New Virus Outbreak Connected to LGBT Seoul Nightclubs
A cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to clubs popular with the gay community in Seoul, South Korea has fanned hatred towards the group.
The LGBT community in Seoul, already under fire, has been receiving an outpouring of hate speech after the latest incident.
Over 100 cases of the virus have been connected to the capital’s gay scene in nightlife venues leading to a complete closure of all bars and clubs by authorities on Saturday.
A 29-year old gay man believed to be at the center of the infections is bearing the brunt of the attacks.
Local media has focused greatly at his sexual orientation, reporting that the venues he frequented are gay venues. Some believe this wouldn’t be the main headline if the man in question was heterosexual.
Following the backlash against the LGBTQ community, do you think that contact tracing might be challenging as people might be afraid of being linked to the wrong crowd?