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Dr. Fauci: ‘I don’t understand why’ Trump resists nationwide stay-at-home order

April 7, 2020

President Donald Trump is facing new pressure from the nation’s top infectious disease expert to call for a nationwide stay-at home order that would flatten the coronavirus curve and help save the lives of more Americans.

In his strongest comments yet, ABC News reports, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become a prominent face in the fight against the pandemic, is now saying that he “doesn’t understand” why every state isn’t under a stay-at-home order—a move that Trump continues to resist, arguing those decisions should be left to the states.

“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci told CNN at a town hall on April 2, when asked about some states having not issued stay-at-home orders. “The tension between federally-mandated versus states rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into, but if you look at what’s going on in this country I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that — we really should be.”

Trump has stuck by his guns, despite White House models revealing that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die from COVID-19—and that’s assuming that the entire country implements strict social distancing measures, ABC News says..

Despite the advice of his top expert, the president has professed, “It’s awfully tough to say ‘close it down'” to states with fewer infections, adding that those states should be given “a little bit of flexibility.”

Experts disagree. John Cohen, former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security and an ABC News contributor, echoed a warning from health officials: “If you have one state that is very strict about reducing social contact, and you have a neighboring state that isn’t, then infected people can go back and forth and spread the virus.”

But a handful of states remain without any form of statewide closures of “nonessential” businesses or stay-at-home orders in place: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. All five are overseen by Republican governors.

“If the president came out with a clear message that was consistent with what his own public health officials are saying, then you would see these governors respond in a different way,” said Cohen, who has dealt in crisis management at a federal level.

What’s more, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, said at the April 2 briefing that early data is revealing that social distancing is still not being followed stringently—at least in some areas.

“We’re watching very carefully because we can see that you can go from this to this very quickly,” Birx said, pointing a steep slope on a graph. “This should not be happening any longer in new places, if people are doing the social distancing, washing their hands, not getting together in large groups.”

“When we said that, now over 16 days ago, that was serious,” she said of the coronavirus guidelines. “And you can see the number of individuals who have been infected since then. The people we’re seeing infected today and in hospitals today were infected after the guidelines went out.”

This is why Cohen says that it’s “so important, particularly at this stage, when we’re seeing the number of cases increase dramatically on a daily basis, that every state take consistent action.”

“This is a national crisis, and it requires a cohesive national plan,” Cohen added, “and up to this point, the response to this crisis has been one that’s been led by state and local officials.”

Research contact: @abcnews

Poll: Fauci and Cuomo are the most trusted leaders on COVID-19 in America right now. Trump is not.

March 31, 2020

Americans say they have the most trust in Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York when it comes to official information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, a new Business Insider poll shows.

Insider asked, “When it comes to the official advice regarding coronavirus, please rate how much you trust the following messengers on a scale of 1 to 5.”

Using that measure, 1 means strongly distrust; 2, somewhat distrust; 3, neither trust nor distrust; 4, somewhat trust; and 5, strongly trust. Participants were asked to mark “NA,” if they were unfamiliar with the person.

Fauci and Cuomo received the highest marks; with President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin receiving the lowest:

  • Respondents gave Dr. Fauci an average score of 3.84 out of 5 for trustworthiness. Fully 40% gave him a top score of 5, which is nearly double the next highest-rated person, and,all told, 86% gave him a 3 or higher, which is vastly higher than anyone else.
  • Cuomo received an average score of 3.2 9 out of 5. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents gave Cuomo a score of 3 or higher, and 22% gave him 5 out of 5.
  • Global Health Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus task force response coordinator, got a score of 3.14 out of 5. About three in four respondents gave Birx a score of three or higher.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom of California got an average score of 2.97 out of 5. Just shy of 70% of people gave Newsom a score of 3 or higher.
  • Former Vice President and likely 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden got an average score of 2.76 out of 5. About 31% of respondents rated Biden a 4 or 5; 27%, a 3 of 5; and 42%, a 1 or 2.
  • Vice President Mike Pence was rated a 2.65 out of 5 on average for trustworthiness. About 33% of respondents rated him a 1.
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar was rated 2.62 out of 5.
  • President Donald Trump was scored 2.56 out of 5 on average. Fully 44% of respondents rate Trump a 1 out of 5; compared to 20%, who rated him a 5 out of 5. The largest group of people—55%—rated Trump as a 1 or 2.
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin got the lowest score out of the 10 officials; rating 2.52 out of 5, on average.

According to Business Insider, Fauci’s blunt explanation of the strict scientific facts, calm but no-nonsense demeanor, and subtle sense of humor both in White House briefings and congressional hearings have received rave reviews from the public and made him a household name.

And while Cuomo was previously considered a somewhat divisive figure in New York politics best-known for his incessant feuding with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, respondents felt he’s risen to the occasion during the current crisis.

As the governor of one of the hardest-hit states, Cuomo has been rewarded for massively expanding New York’s testing capacity, aggressively combating the virus with business closures and social distancing, and his daily PowerPoint pep talks to New Yorkers in his press conferences. 

The poll was conducted on behalf of Business Insider by SurveyMonkey. A total of 1,136 respondents were collected on March 25.

Research contact: @businessinsider