“Unfortunately there will be many deaths. There will be death, “said Trump in a grim start to his daily pandemic briefing.
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, the virus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ foremost expert on infectious diseases. Everyone stood far apart from each other on the small stage.
Trump said the goal was to be several days ahead of critical medical needs in each state. But he also suggested that states request more medical supplies than necessary.
“Fears of a shortage have led to an increase in demand,” said Trump.
Louisiana officials said New Orleans was about to run out of fans next week. Governor Andrew Cuomo, DN.Y., whose state is at the epicenter of the national pandemic with more than 113,700 cases confirmed on Saturday morning, pleaded for ventilators for days and lambasted what he said was a insufficient federal government assistance. New York is about to receive more than 1,100 fans from China and Oregon.
Trump also reviewed a familiar message, saying he wanted the economy to be up and running as soon as possible. At one point during the ongoing epidemic, Trump said he had hoped to open businesses by Easter April 12. He later admitted that this was not possible, yielding to April after seeing increasing projections of deaths.
“We must defeat the virus as quickly as possible. … We have to go back to work, ”he said.
The number of people infected in the United States has exceeded 300,000, the death toll has exceeded 8,100; more than 3,500 of these deaths occurred in New York State. For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health conditions, this can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, including professional sports leagues which were among the first to respond to the pandemic.
Trump spoke to commissioners of the country’s sports leagues on Saturday. He said he told them he recognized “the good work of many teams and players” in caring for their communities and supporters in the face of the epidemic.
The virus has decimated the world of sport with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season.
The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were university spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and athletics.
A wide range of sport leaders participated in the call, including Roger Goodell of the National Football League and Adam Silver of the NBA. Trump called on them to continue their efforts to support their fellow Americans.
The president also continued to tout hydroxychloroquine, a drug long used to treat malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, after very small preliminary studies suggesting that it could help prevent the coronavirus from entering cells and maybe help patients clear the virus sooner. But the drug has major potential side effects, especially for the heart, and large studies are underway to see if it is safe and effective in treating COVID-19.
Trump has suggested that he could start taking it as a precaution after consulting his doctor, although there is no evidence that it works for that. Some studies test whether hydroxychloroquine can help prevent infections in healthcare workers, but none have suggested that others, like the president, take it to prevent infection.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health conditions, this can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.