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‘Window is closing’ for US to get coronavirus under control, Trump’s HHS secretary warns

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that the “window is closing” for the United States to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, as confirmed cases are surging in a majority of the country and some states are dealing with record numbers of hospitalizations.

“Things are very different from two months ago… So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Azar told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

He suggested that the US is better positioned to handled the pandemic than before, pointing to increased testing, contact tracing, hospital capacity, reserves of personal protective equipment, and advancement toward therapeutics and potential vaccines for the virus.

The top health official’s message differs from that of President Donald Trump, who seems ready to move on from the still-raging pandemic, and Vice President Mike Pence.

At a Friday press briefing by the White House’s coronavirus task force, the first in nearly two months, Pence declared that the US had “flattened the curve,” painting a rosy picture at odds with reality.

Thirty-six states are reporting a rise in positive coronavirus cases, and only two are reporting a decline in cases compared to last week.

On Friday, the US reported the highest number of new cases in a single day, with at least 40,173 new infections. The previous daily high was reported on Thursday.

Several states, including Texas and Washington state, and localities have paused their reopening plans or reimposed some restrictions in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.

Azar denied that reopening too quickly was tied to the rise in cases, but instead “inappropriate individual behavior” that has enabled the spread of the virus.

“That’s not so much about what the law says on the reopening as what our behaviors are within that,” he told Tapper.

He cautioned that if Americans “act irresponsibly, if we don’t socially distance, if we don’t use face coverings in settings where we can’t social distance, if we don’t practice appropriate personal hygiene, we’re going to see spread of disease.”

Asked about the Trump’s administration’s request to the Supreme Court on Thursday to invalidate the Affordable Care Act amid a pandemic, Azar said that they will work with Congress on a replacement plan.

“We have made very clear that the Supreme Court strikes down all or a large part of Obamacare, because it is constitutionally or statutorily infirm, we will work with Congress to create a program that genuinely protects individuals with pre-existing conditions,” Azar said, adding that the exact details will be dependent on the court’s decision and makeup of Congress.

Former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden cautioned on Fox News Sunday that while the US is doing more testing and our hospitals are better prepared, “this virus still has the upper hand.”

When asked whether the Trump administration’s claims of rising case numbers was the result of more testing being done, Frieden dismissed it, saying, “As a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in most states where you’re seeing an increase, it is a real increase.

“It is not more tests, it is more spread of the virus,” Frieden said.

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  1. Frieden dismissed it, saying, “As a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in most states where you’re seeing an increase, it is a real increase.

    “It is not more tests, it is more spread of the virus,” Frieden said.
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    Of course being a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist means his opinion is worthless to regressives unless of course he agrees with big fat lyin donnie the orange!!! lmao!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Why would appoint a science denying, lying, midwestern religious kook to head a medical task force!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much winning!!!
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    Golf and a whore anyone!!! trump / putin 2020!!!! MAKE WHORES MINIMUM WAGE AGAIN!!!!!

    1. Third rate troll, pitiful. So what we can gather from your raging is that empty headed, agenda driven, liberal politicians also did nothing to warn the public about the crisis either? I’m sure fester doesn’t have jack to say about how Cuomo screwed up and killed thousands by forcing and insisting nursing homes with the most vulnerable and elderly, take in covid infected patients. Your trolling skills are not only needless ranting but also the weakest I’ve seen.

      1. “Liberal politicians did nothing to warn the public about the crisis EITHER” LMAO!!!!
        So you now at least you admit big fat lyin donnie the orange did nothing to warn the public!!
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        Sooooooooooo much winning!!!!!!!!!

        New York and Connecticut only 2 states that do not have rising numbers of cases. Sorry sweetie your a loser just like little lyin Mike pence: 2 days ago
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        “We’ve done a remarkable job” “we’ve flattened the curve ”
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        Big fat lyin donnie the orange: Last week:
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        “The virus is dying and fading away”
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        4 months and 3 TRILLION dollars later and the White Househas totally failed. More new cases than ever and 125,000 dead Americans.
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        So obviously the ever changing lie now coming from dear leader is to claim success. Then go golfing.
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        Obviously dead Americans mean nothing to regressive gun kooks but you would think would care you about the precious money wasted.
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        Sooooooooooo much winning!!!!!!!!
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        Golf and a whore Anyone!!!!! trump/Putin 2020!!! MAKE WHORES MINIMUM WAGE AGAIN!!!!!!

        1. Please re-read the headline of this story.
          This info is being put out by the traitor’s health and human services secretary.
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          Yes, walking around outside with a mask on like a protester is pretty safe. Only 1% of all protesters have become infected. Not sure if that’s average or high, but it’s certainly not a spike in cases. Maybe it was just good karma protecting them.
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          Otherwise, if you try to keep 6′, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face then you will have a much lower chance of catching it. Being outside is way safer than being inside. If you have any moral character then you will also wear a mask when you’re in public, as it will keep those around you safe.
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          Anything else I can help you with?

  2. There is no hope for us with a treasonous wannabe dictator in the White House. No leadership. Blind cult followers challenging expert opinion and advice, claiming it’s “partisan” or “liberal”. What madness.

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