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Anthony Fauci vs. Donald Trump – Who’s Right?.

May 15, 2020 by  
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( “We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression.

Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, made clear to a Senate committee his contradictory views.

“If states reopen their economies too soon, there is a real risk that you may trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control,” said Fauci. “My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks of the disease (and) the inevitable return of infections.”

Fauci is talking of the real possibility of a second and even more severe wave of the pandemic this summer and fall, if we open too soon.

There is evidence to justify the fears of Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield of the Centers for Disease Control, who told the same Senate committee, “We are not out of the woods yet.”

Yet, there is a case to be made for the risks that Trump and red state governors are taking in opening up sooner.

The Washington Post daily graph of new deaths nationally has been showing a curve sloping downward for a month from April’s more than 2,000 a day. On no day yet this week did the U.S. record 2,000 dead from the virus. On some days, there were fewer than 1,000.

The graph for new coronavirus cases, which was showing more than 30,000 a day in April, is now closer to 25,000.

Also, hospitalizations and ICU occupancies are not as high as they were. Hospitals put up in Central Park and the Javits Center seem not to have been needed. There was and is no shortage of ventilators. The Navy hospital ships Comfort and Mercy are returning to their home ports.

Also, not all states are suffering equally, nor are all communities in the hardest-hit states. There have been three times as many COVID-19 cases in New Jersey as in Texas, though New Jersey is a fraction of the size and has a fraction of the population of Texas.

There are twice as many cases in Massachusetts as in Florida, the nation’s third-most populous state with one of its highest percentages of retirees and elderly. There have been five times as many cases in New York as in California.

It is the nursing homes filled with the elderly and ill that have proven to be the real killing fields of this virus. According to The New York Times, one-third of all deaths from COVID-19 have come among residents and staff of nursing homes. Beyond these are the meatpacking plants and the prisons where social distancing is almost nonexistent.

Moreover, while Fauci and Redfield are specialists in epidemics, Trump’s portfolio goes far beyond that.

He is chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, responsible for the security and defense of the nation. His portfolio is broader and deeper than those of Fauci and Redfield.

In the first hours of the Normandy invasion, General Eisenhower must have been rightly alarmed about the high U.S. casualties on Omaha Beach. But he also had to concern himself with the failure to capture the Port of Caen to bring ashore the armor to stop any German counterattack that might turn D-Day into another Anzio.

Ike could not worry about casualties alone.

According to The Washington Post, economists already project that 100,000 small businesses have shuttered, never to reopen.

“(D)eeper and longer recessions can leave behind lasting damage to the productive capacity of the economy,” warned Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday. “Avoidable household and business insolvencies can weigh on growth for years to come.”

Ultimately, Fauci is not “The Decider” here. Trump is.

It is he who is accountable to the nation for weighing the losses, both human and material, due to his decisions.

Fauci may be the best at what he does, but he is still only an adviser. As John F. Kennedy said after the Bay of Pigs, it is the president who ultimately bears responsibility for what he does and fails to do, while “the advisers may move on to new advice.”

Believing he can do no more than his White House is now doing to contain the incidence of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Trump has decided his primary job is to prevent the nation from a catastrophic economic collapse from which it might take years to recover.

The country is slowly moving in Trump’s direction, slowly opening. And he will be responsible for whether the policy succeeds or opens the floodgates to a second and worse wave, should it come.

As Abraham Lincoln put his situation: “I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won’t make a difference.”

Written by Pat Buchanan

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One Response to “Anthony Fauci vs. Donald Trump – Who’s Right?.”
  1. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    Memento physicus, mori( remember scientist, thou art mortal )!!! Empirical science has taken the battle for the dominance of this world into the genetic realm of existence through experimentation and medicinal applications that includes all life forms on earth.No one, or no thing is excluded in this genetic war.The severity, and the variance of the Coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) infections are dependent upon the genetic composition of the targeted groups to be infected. Anthony Fauci is obviously not in President Trump’s complete scientific loop. A blood type (also called a blood group) is a classification of blood, based on the presence and absence of antibodies and inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). These antigens may be proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, or glycolipids, depending on the blood group system. Some of these antigens are also present on the surface of other types of cells of various tissues. Several of these red blood cell surface antigens can stem from one allele (or an alternative version of a gene) and collectively form a blood group system.3


    Your Blood Type

    Your blood type may be a huge indicator of how likely you are to contract COVID-19. Two studies—one courtesy of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China and another from the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center—have both concluded that those with the blood type A are at a significantly higher risk of getting the virus compared to those of other blood types. Those with O blood types are less likely to get it. Why? While experts are still trying to figure it out, it could be due to a variety of factors, most of them having to do with immunity. 1 Researchers studying COVID-19 in its outbreak epicenter, Wuhan, and the city of Shenzhen found the proportion of Type-A patients both infected and killed by the disease to be “significantly” higher than those with the same blood type in the general public.Type O patients, meanwhile, made up a smaller proportion of both those infected and killed by the virus.7



    Type O blood is considered to be the best blood type in China because it is the most common. In an emergency, type O blood can be given because it most likely to be accepted by all blood types. That’s why a person with type O blood is said to be a universal donor.7

    · What blood type of most African Americans

    O positive (O+) is the most common blood type, with 37% of Americans in this group. Type O negative (O-), carried by 6% of Americans, is considered the ‘universal donor’ because it can be donated to people of any blood type.2


    .What blood type of most Native Americans

    Almost all native American tribes are blood type O.8


    · Blood Types Explained – A, B, AB and O | Red Cross Blood …

    Approximately 45 percent of Caucasians are type O (positive or negative), but 51 percent of African-Americans and 57 percent of Hispanics are type O. Minority and diverse populations, therefore, play a critical role in meeting the constant need for blood. Types O negative and O positive are in high demand.3


    Oldest blood type on Earth
    ‘O’ stands for the ‘Old’ or “Oldest” (Original). The blood type O ancestors have been the Africans, who dates back over 300,000 years ago and have been the roots of the people who branched out as O blood type.4


    People with type O+ blood can donate their blood to all 4 groups, but only to people with the RH positive subgroup (O+, A+, B+, AB+). Red cells of O- type can be transfused to all 8 subgroups, which makes it a universal blood type that is always needed for emergency transfusions. Type O- blood is transfused in emergency cases when it is important to save the life of a patient before the crossmatch test is completed. What’s more, is type O- blood is the safest for newborn babies whose immune systems are under-developed.5


    Blood types of the ancient Hebrews O Negative It seems that wherever rh negative blood is high, so is blood type O. Be it amongst the Celts, the Basques or the Rhone Valley Walsers.6


    .Coronavirus, COVID-19 a mysterious pneumonia

    When they heard about patients falling sick with a mysterious pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, Taiwan’s health officials fired off an email to the World Health Organization asking for more information.9


    Caucasians are more likely to be A Positive than any other ethnic group. Asians are more likely to be B Positive and AB Positive than any other ethnic group.10


    11Type O blood is considered to be the best blood type in China because it is the most common. In an emergency, type O blood can be given because it most likely to be accepted by all blood types. That’s why a person with type O blood is said to be a universal donor.11


    .The main Russian Blood Types are A, O and B.12


    Officials now believe that the new China cluster stemmed from contact with infected arrivals from Russia, which has one of the worst outbreaks in Europe. Genetic sequencing has showed a match between the northeast cases and Russian-linked ones. Among the northeast China cluster, only 10% have turned critical and 26 are hospitalized.13


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