White House Coronavirus Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx targeted outgoing President Donald Trump on Sunday, he complained that his disregard for guidelines and acceptance of “myths” are affecting the public for hindering the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meet the press manager Chuck Todd urged Dr. Birx responded directly to whether she believed large swathes of the population followed the president’s leadership as he publicly ignored harm-control recommendations and disinformation about the virus.
“Do you understand why some say in public when he doesn’t think it’s a big deal, that maybe he thinks that all health people are overdoing and overdoing it?” Todd added.
“I hear community members pondering these situations, pondering that masks don’t work, pondering that we should work towards herd immunity, saying that gatherings don’t lead to very common events.” Dr. Birx specified. “And I think our job is to keep saying that these are myths, that they are false, and that you can see the evidence.”
She went on to say it was “frustrating” that many governors of states where cases are on the rise, particularly in the sun belt, are failing to implement guidelines they know will contain the spread of the virus.
“This is not just the worst public health incident,” Birx warned ominously. “This is the worst event this country will face, and not just on the part of public health. However, we know what behaviors are spreading the virus, and we know how to change those behaviors to stop the virus from spreading. “
Birx was also asked about the frustration the health workers feel on the front lines Cases and hospital stays are increasing Record numbers while half the country appears to be ignoring mitigation efforts and social distancing guidelines.
“I understand completely and it was a privilege to meet you.” She said to Todd, adding, “I think we need to develop a common understanding of how this virus is spreading and how we can prevent it from spreading.”
Noticing that Birx was wearing a face mask during the interview, Todd pressed it on the administration’s “mixed message” and pointed it out The White House and the State Department host Christmas parties while the coronavirus task force is telling the public not to gather.
“I think it’s really important that everyone understands that the way this virus spreads is by being with someone indoors without a mask. This is one way virus can spread,” replied the coronavirus response coordinator. “When you’re outdoors hugging and kissing people, this is one way you can go viral.”
Birx’s frustration with the President and other Task Force members like Dr. Anthony Fauci boiled over when the election came to an end.
Much of that Task Force Trouble turned to Dr. Scott Atlas, a Trump radiologist selected by Fox News as its coronavirus assignments guru. Atlas, who has since resignedis a big proponent of “herd immunity” and believes wearing masks is overrated.
While Trump’s wrath was avoided in the first few months of the coronavirus crisis, Birx eventually drew his disdain after campaigning aggressively against the White House’s rosy news of the disease that summer.
Birx is still unsure if President-elect Joe Biden’s future administration will keep her as part of its COVID-19 response. While Fauci has already accepted Biden’s offer to act as his chief physician, Birx said last week that she doesn’t know what role she will play on January 20th.