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The director of the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday that he had recommended in February that some states expand their mitigation efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but the blockages only started in March.
Robert Redfield suggested on NBC’s Today that some recommendations from the CDC and the National Institute of Health were overlooked earlier in the coronavirus epidemic and were not implemented until March.
“On February 28 – as we enter March – we recognized the different areas in which mitigation was now important,” Redfiled told television host Savannah Guthrie. “The CDC has sent recommendations to Washington, California, New York and Florida, recommending expanding mitigation in these areas.”
Although reports indicate that Redfield and NIH’s top immunologist Anthony Fauci recommended the White House to implement social distancing guidelines in late February, such action has only been taken in at least three weeks later in mid-March.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control Robert Redfield said Monday morning that he was recommending more states issue lock orders as early as February
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“On February 28 – as we enter March – we recognized the different areas in which mitigation was now important,” said Redfield today. “The CDC has sent recommendations to Washington, California, New York and Florida recommending expanding mitigation in these areas”
The White House released guidelines on social distancing about three weeks after recommendations from Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci (right)
On Monday morning, more than 22,000 people died from coronavirus in the United States.
But Redfield apologized for the delay, saying the severity of the pandemic had not fully taken effect in the United States until then.
“If you look back, in January and February, the cases we saw in this country were all related to trips to China,” he said on Monday morning. “It wasn’t until February 28 that we saw our first community broadcast where we said,” Wait a minute, where did it come from?
“So I think it’s important when we come back, and when we go through this, we can look at the timeline,” he continued.
The 68-year-old CDC director said he recommended in February that the federal government start “instituting broader mitigation efforts”.
Some reports indicate that the intelligence community informed the White House of the COVID-19 threat as early as November.
Redfield’s comments come as Fauci, one of the top infectious disease experts on the coronavirus task force, admitted on Sunday that more lives could have been saved if a lockdown had been released earlier.
The 79-year-old immunologist told CNN on Sunday morning that more could have been done that could have slowed the spread and softened the ramifications of the US coronavirus epidemic.
“Obviously, you could logically say that if you had an ongoing process and started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives, of course,” Fauci told CNN about the state of the Union.
“No one is going to deny it,” he said, but added “there was a lot of reluctance to stop it at the time.”
This prompted Trump to repost a tweet that used the hashtag ‘fireFauci’.
“Fauci now says that if Trump had listened to medical experts earlier, he could have saved more lives. Fauci told people on February 29 that there was nothing to worry about and that it posed no threat to the American public in general. It’s time to # FireFauci… ”reads the tweet from Republican DeAnna Lorraine.
Trump reposted the tweet on his page on Sunday with the comment: “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke. Thank you @OANN ‘
Fauci (right, on CNN’s State of the Union) said Sunday morning that if the lockouts and social distancing guidelines had been implemented by the president earlier, more lives could have been lost. saved
This prompted Trump to retweet a message calling for the ousting of Fauci from the White House Coronavirus task force.
CORONAVIRUS LOCKING CALONAVIRUS
CDC director Robert Redfield said on Monday that he had recommended some states to issue foreclosure orders in February, but that he was largely ignored until later in the epidemic.
“The CDC has sent recommendations to Washington, to California, in New York and in Florida recommending expanding mitigation in these areas, “Redfield told NBC Today.
Here is a chronology of lock orders from these states:
MARCH 11: Washington Governor Jay Inslee bans all social gatherings of more than 250 people
MARCH 13: Donald Trump declares national emergency on COVID-19
MARCH 16: Six counties in San Francisco Bay, including San Francisco, announce orders for “refuge on site”
MARCH 17: New York mayor Bill de Blasio says the city should follow San Francisco with a shelter order there; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it would be statewide: “Actually, I go so far that I don’t even think you can do politics at the state level. State. ”
MARCH 19: California Governor Gavin Newsom issues first statewide foreclosure order
MARCH 22: Cuomo signs statewide home stay order
MARCH 23: Inslee extends lockout to include all of Washington State
MARCH 24: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issues statewide home stay order
APRIL 3: Florida state foreclosure, Ron DeSantis, takes effect
The president’s allies also took to snapping Fauci on his comments on Sunday.
Trump’s 2016 senior communications advisor Jason Miller said Fauci should “be more careful” in interviews, quoting the CNN title: “Dr. Anthony Fauci admits that Covid’s previous mitigation efforts -19 would have saved more American lives.
“Dr. Fauci needs to be more careful when choosing his words on #Coronavirus, and if he wants to be critical, clarify what he could have done better personally, “Miller tweeted.
He suggested that the Fauci take more responsibility for what they could have done better to mitigate the threat of coronaviruses from the start.
Although the White House lockouts and guidelines were not implemented by the White House until mid-March, several governors and local governments began to take action to mitigate the spread.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee was the first to do so on March 11, after becoming the first state to be killed by a coronavirus.
He started by banning all social gatherings of more than 250 people.
Two days later, Trump declared a national emergency.
On March 16, the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes six counties, released the first real lockout where all residents were ordered to take shelter there and only venture out. outside their homes for essential reasons.
These were limited to reasons such as buying food or going to the doctor.
As criticism has emerged over the national and national closings schedule, Trump has often boasted of his decision to ban travel from China at the start of the epidemic.
The White House announced a 15-day deadline to slow down the spread plan in mid-March, when the Trump administration implemented social distancing guidelines.
This included staying at home except for necessary reasons – such as shopping for groceries or going to the doctor – keeping 6 feet away from people in public and limiting gatherings to 10 people or less.
At the end of March, after the 15 days were up, Trump ended up extending the guidelines for another 30 days.
The new guidelines end date is April 30, and the president has said he plans to reopen the country and get it up and running by May 1 – a deadline set by many experts is optimistic and “too early ”to be implemented.
Trump’s ally and former 2016 senior communications advisor Jason Miller voiced criticism of Fauci, saying the immunologist should “be more careful about his words on the coronavirus” and suggested that to take more responsibility
Trump also criticized the New York Times on Sunday for a Saturday article claiming to have repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus and been repeatedly warned by senior White House officials.
“The story of @nytimes is a fake, just like the” paper “itself. I was criticized for going too fast when I issued the ban on China, long before most of the others wanted it, “Trump tweeted.
The president added: “@SecAzar said nothing to me later, and Peter Navarro’s note was the same as Ban’s (see his statements). Fake News! ‘Added the president.
Trump said health and social services secretary Alex Azar only warned him of the threat of a coronavirus after he imposed a ban on China in late January.
However, it has been reported that Azar informed him on January 18 while the president was in his private club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida – but Trump continued to interrupt him because he was more interested in vaping measures.
Trump imposed the ban on China after Peter Navarro, a senior White House economic official, released a memo in January detailing the severity of the pandemic.
The president did not mention a second Navarro memo published in February which painted an even worse picture. Trump has been accused of not taking this seriously.
There are several reports that intelligence officials told the White House that there was a viral threat from China as early as November, indicating that the president was aware of coronaviruses earlier than he had suggests.
“You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we are looking at this from a purely health standpoint,” Fauci told Jake Tapper of CNN Sunday morning. “We are making a recommendation. Often the recommendation is taken. Sometimes this is not the case.
“But that’s what it is,” he said. “We are where we are right now. “
To date, more than 22,000 people have died in the United States after contracting a coronavirus, and there are more than 561,000 cases on Monday morning.