Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to believe that the Democrat-led state of New York which has plagued us with the worst Covid-19 death toll to date, is an example for other states to follow.
“We’ve got to do the things that are very clear that we need to do to turn this around,” Fauci told PBS NewsHour. “Remember, we can do it. We know that when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We’ve done it. We’ve done it in New York.”
“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about,” added Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa tweeted the interview Saturday, praising the state and governor.
“Gov Cuomo and New Yorkers earn high praise from Dr Fauci –> Keep it up, NY!” she wrote.
New York state has seen the most coronavirus cases with more than 430,000 along with the most deaths with nearly 33,000 deaths. The state also has the second highest deaths per million rate in the United States, coming in at 1,674.
While red states such as Georgia, Florida, and Texas have faced backlash over what critics say was an early reopening which led to a surge in cases, they each respectively sport a 299, 232, 140 deaths per million rate.
A large percentage of New York’s deaths have come from a massive scandal where Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo forced nursing homes to accept patients who tested positive for the coronavirus – exposing the most vulnerable population to the virus.
Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed a report released this month that purported to show Cuomo’s order was not a significant factor in nursing home deaths.
That was criticized for flawed methodology and selective stats that sidestepped the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state’s own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.
Cuomo reversed the order under pressure on May 10, long after New York’s death toll in care homes had climbed to among the highest in the nation. To date, nearly 6,500 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus in the state’s nursing home and long-term care facilities.
Fauci during the interview also told PBS anchor Judy Woodruff that states might need to “reset” their phases of reopening in order to see the number of cases decline.
Universal mask wearing, closing bars and avoiding crowds were all part of the efforts he recommended for states. “I think if we do that for a couple of weeks in a row, Judy, I think we’re going to see a turnaround because we know that that works,” Fauci said.
Woodruff pushed back, arguing that Americans have already been hearing that message but it’s “not working.”
Fauci responded by claiming that the efforts have been “a bit spotty.”
“It hasn’t been uniform,” he added, “where everybody in that region says wait a minute we’re having a serious problem. We got to reboot this.”
Fauci in a separate interview also said that state and local government leaders should be “as forceful as possible” when it comes to mask wearing.
Fauci said the United States needs “to get better control” over COVID-19 and masks must be a priority as the country opens up.
“I would urge the leaders — the local, political and other leaders — in states and cities and towns to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks,” Fauci said.
“…Physical distancing is the most important, but practically when you’re living your life and trying to open up the country. You are going to come into contact with people. And for that reason, we know that masks are really important. And we should be using them. Everyone.”
Fauci has been very prone to reversing on the mask issue and has largely lost some credibility amongst the public along with the trust of the White House who has publicly questioned his decision making.