The Trump administration is ready to end the White House coronavirus task force, the public face of the U.S. response to the virus, even when experts warn that the worst is yet to come.
Here's what we know so far about the task force and where the U.S. is in its response to Covid-19.
What is the coronavirus task force?
Days after public health officials announced the first confirmed case Covid-19 on American soil on January 21, the White House announced that it had formed a task force that would take the federal government's response to the pandemic. The group, he said, will work together to monitor, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus in the U.S. and keep the public informed of important public health and travel guidelines.
In March, when the United States reported thousands of new cases of Covid-19 every day, the task force gave daily press interviews, ostensibly to update Americans about the public health emergency.
But in late April, the briefings stopped. The last press conference was held on April 24. According reports, Trump's advisers said his daily appearances were hampering his chance of re-election in November, especially after he suggested – without evidence – that disinfectant could fight the virus in human bodies.
Who is in the working group?
Headed by Mike Pence, the Task force it consists of members of Trump's cabinet, including Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, and Steve Mnuchin, secretary of the treasury. There are also representatives from different departments, such as transport and defense, and various advisers to the president.
Trump appointed two respected epidemiologists, Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, for the task force. Both, although especially Fauci, have been widely regarded as the sober voices centered on public health, in contrast to the political figures of the task force.
What effect does Covid-19 have on public health in the USA?
Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and released on Tuesday showed that the number of coronavirus deaths in the USA had passed 70,000 – far more than any other country and more than a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the world. As of Tuesday afternoon, the United States had almost 1.2 million confirmed cases, a third of the world total.
The virus had a devastating effect on communities across the U.S. as hospital systems became overloaded and struggled to obtain adequate protective equipment and ventilators to help patients in the most serious cases.
AN report it is believed to be from the White House (although the White House has denied ownership) said that daily deaths from coronaviruses could reach 3,000 in the US by June 1. The United States is currently seeing between 1,000 and 2,000 deaths and between 20,000 and 30,000 new cases per day.
What effect did Covid-19 have on the US economy?
Most states have issued home stay orders, allowing only essential workers to work and keep their businesses open. This resulted in a wave of unemployment in the USA: more than 22 million people asked for unemployment since the start of the crisis, a number is likely to increase as states work on the application backlog.
Industries such as restaurants and travel have been decimated by requests for closure with uncertainty about when, if ever, business will return to normal. Congress passed a series of bills, the main one being $ 2.2 billion stimulus package in March, to try to mitigate the damage the virus has caused to industries, hospitals and local governments.
As the economic consequences worsened, Trump encouraged states to reopen, insisting that it is safe and, at the same time, recognizing that the death toll should increase. Twenty-three states are starting to reOpen despite warnings of risks to public security.
Why is the White House closing the coronavirus task force?
Pence insisted that "all of this is a reflection of the tremendous progress we have made as a country", despite data on the continuing risk to public health.
Recently, there was some tension in the virus messages from the main members of the group.
Fauci warned that the United States must have sufficient test capacity reopen safely and is not yet at that stage. Fauci said the United States will need Double your current level of testing within several weeks.
"I don't think there's a chance that this virus will just disappear," he said National Geography. "It will be available and, if given the opportunity, it will come up again."
But recognizing that the US is still lagging behind in testing don't play with Trump's messages.
In the past few days, Trump has started talking about the reopening of the economy, saying on Tuesday morning that "it would happen too fast".