Cramer says US coronavirus response has been a disaster

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer criticized the United States’ response to the coronavirus on Monday, saying other countries around the world have been examples of how to keep deaths from the disease low.”I’m trying to figure out what kind of disaster our country has had has been as bad as the one that has been inflicted,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street”.

Host “Mad Money” highlighted how the global epidemic of Covid-19 occurred in countries like South Korea, Japan and Taiwan – all of which have less than one death from coronavirus per 100,000 population , according to Johns Hopkins University. He also referred to Vietnam, which has not recorded any deaths linked to Covid-19.

The United States, on the other hand, has 42.95 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins, and leads the world in all confirmed cases with nearly 3.8 million and the total number of deaths over of 140,500 people.

“These are big, big countries, and they are doing so much better,” Cramer said, saying the adoption of face masks and the development of contact tracing programs were key reasons for containing the virus. “They are also disciplined and we are undisciplined. This can decrease because we are, I would say, a less developed country compared to these countries. ”

The US efforts to set up contact tracing systems have been a particular disappointment, said Cramer, describing them as “out of sight in our country”.

Contact tracing involves determining who was an infected person nearby, and then making contact with those people to take the necessary precautions. Public health experts say it’s an important strategy to prevent infections from turning into large-scale epidemics.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNBC last month that coronavirus contact tracing in the United States “is not going well.”

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the United States have increased in recent weeks following the reopening of local economies and the easing of previous mitigation efforts. Deaths in parts of the country have also increased, although experts say a better understanding of how to treat the virus – in addition to infected young people – should mean death rates are not reaching levels prior to the pandemic.

State governors and other US leaders in Washington, such as the CDC’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield, have stepped up calls for Americans to wear masks to help slow the spread of the virus. Some states have adopted mandatory policies.

“I think if we could get everyone to wear a mask now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could get this outbreak under control,” Redfield said last week.

President Donald Trump was hostile to the mask.

However, Trump wore a mask during a public visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11, after bipartisan calls that have long resisted showing by example that masks are important in reducing the transmission of Covid- 19.

During a May visit to a Ford plant in Michigan, the president was seen at the plant without a mask despite state law and company policy requiring it. Ford released a statement saying Trump wore a mask during a private meeting at the factory, but then removed it.

In a Fox News interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he doesn’t think the United States needs a national mask warrant.

“No, I want people to have some freedom, and I don’t believe in it,” Trump said, before questioning why some experts advised the general public against wearing masks earlier in the pandemic.

“Suddenly everyone has to wear a mask, and as you know, masks are also problematic,” said Trump, without providing details of the problems he thinks masks cause. “That being said, I believe in masks. I think the masks are good. “

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