President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
On Saturday, the President offered a sobering statement to the nation: Where the coronavirus is concerned, the upcoming week will likely be America’s toughest.
This was an especially stunning remark:
“[T]here will be a lot of death, unfortunately. There will be death.”
Speaking during a briefing on the virus, he noted that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
However, we’re staving off what would’ve been far worse:
“(This) will be probably the toughest week — between this week and next week — and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately. But a lot less death than if this wasn’t done. But there will be death.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “There’s going to be a lot of death” in coming weeks
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 4, 2020
Trump explained that resources are looking for need. But in some cases, it’s hard to predict where there’ll be a surge:
“We’re looking for an obvious focus and the hardest-hit regions. Some of them are obvious, and some aren’t so obvious. They spring up. They come, and they hit you like you got hit by a club.”
Officials are having to be wise in their choosing:
“We’re working to ensure that the supplies are delivered where and when they’re needed. In some cases, we’re telling governors, ‘We can’t go there because we don’t think you need it. And we think some place else needs it.’ And pretty much, so far, we’ve been right about that. And we’ll continue to do it.”
The Commander-in-Chief let the nation know he and his team are basing every decision on what might save the most of us:
“Every decision we’re making is made to save lives. It’s really our sole consideration. We want to save lives. We want as few lives lost as possible.”
As observed by The Daily Wire, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Deborah Birx indicated at the conference that America’s most surging counties are in and around New York, Detroit, and New Orleans.
Those areas are likely to peak sometime this week.
How do we, as the citizenry, help fight? The most basic thing we can do is still the same.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed that social distancing is still our best hope for containment:
“If you look at the vice president’s chart that he shows all the time here from this podium, every aspect of ending the COVID outbreak in 30 days has some aspect of it, of physical separation. Whether that’s avoiding crowds, whether that’s staying six feet away from people, whether that’s doing teleworking. All of it does that. That’s our most important tool.”
As for death, of course, tragically, we have it every week in America. At the time of this writing, in the U.S., 8,452 have passed away due to the coronavirus. To put that in a bit of perspective, according to the CDC the 2019-20 flu season resulted in 24,000-63,000 deaths.
As Dr. Drew recently pointed out, there’s no way to know how all of this is going to go. Hopefully, we’ll be over the hump soon.
But whatever comes, personally, I’ve been impressed by the President and his team’s leadership amid the crisis.
All things considered — including the fact that we’re talking about the legendarily inefficient institution of government — I believe the problem is in capable hands.
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