Is White House Trying To Artificially Keep Down Numbers Of Those Infected By COV-19?

Of course, the White House would like it to appear to the public that just a few Americans have been infected with the coronavirus infection COV-19, with the resulting number of deaths being minuscule, and that this health crisis is under control. The problem is that none of these claims are remotely true.
President Trump’s actions reveal him to be more concerned about how the US coronavirus outbreak will negatively impact his chances to win reelection as a second term president in November 2020, as well as how it could trigger a major slow down in the US economy, before the US 2020 elections, than about the welfare of the American peoples.
President Trump
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For example, on March 6, 2020, the republican President Donald Trump toured the CDC, where he demonstrated his true colors for all to witness. Videos of his behavior ought to be one of the more popular Democratic Party campaign ads regarding the White House’s handling of the coronavirus (COV-19) outbreak in the USA.
Here are some of his exact words:
He commented on fellow Americans infected with coronavirus on Grand Princess Cruise Ship: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship… that wasn’t our fault.””I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship.”  (He had been talking on phone to California Gov. Gavin Newsom about the 3,500 people stuck on a cruise ship anchored off the coast of California about how he didn’t want to let people off the Grand Princess cruise ship because he didn’t want the number of coronavirus cases in the country to go up.)
He said “Anybody who wants a test, can get a test.” (This comment was disputed by VP Mile Pence at a later briefing.)
Photograph: California National Guard/Reuters
“I told Mike [Pence] not to be complimentary of the governor, because that governor is a snake. If you’re nice to him he will take advantage. And I would have said no. Let me just tell you: We have a lot of problems with the governor, the governor of Washington. … So Mike may be happy with him but I’m not.”” (Here he’s smearing Jay Inslee, governor of the state at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak.)
People are really surprised I understand this stuff,. Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.”


Here’s the rest of the story…

On March 6, 2020, Robinson Meyer and Alexis C. Madrigal of the Atlantic penned the following report, “Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing.“I don’t know what went wrong,” a former CDC chief told The Atlantic.”


It’s one of the most urgent questions in the US right now: How many people have actually been tested for the coronavirus?

“This number would give a sense of how widespread the disease is, and how forceful a response to it the United States is mustering. But for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has refused to publish such a count, despite public anxiety and criticism from Congress. On Monday, Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, estimated that “by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed” in the United States. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised that “roughly 1.5 million tests” would be available this week.”

VP PENCE /Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“But the number of tests performed across the country has fallen far short of those projections, despite extraordinarily high demand, The Atlantic has found.”

“To arrive at our estimate, we contacted the public-health departments of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We gathered data on websites, and we corresponded with dozens of state officials. All 50 states and D.C. have made some information available, though the quality and timeliness of the data varied widely. Some states have only committed to releasing their numbers once or three times a week. Most are focused on the number of confirmed cases; only a few have publicized the number of people they are capable of testing.”

“The CDC got this right with H1N1 and Zika, and produced huge quantities of test kits that went around the country,” Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told us. “I don’t know what went wrong this time.”

“Through interviews with dozens of public-health officials and a survey of local data from across the country, The Atlantic could only verify that 1,895 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the United States, about 10 percent of whom have tested positive. And while the American capacity to test for the coronavirus has ramped up significantly over the past few days, local officials can still test only several thousand people a day, not the tens or hundreds of thousands indicated by the White House’s promises.

“The Atlantic’s numbers reflect the best available portrait of the country’s testing capacity as of early this morning. These numbers provide an accurate baseline, but they are incomplete. Scattered on state websites, the data available are not useful to citizens or political leaders. State-based tallies lack the reliability of the CDC’s traditional—but now abandoned—method of reporting. Several states—including New Jersey, Texas, and Louisiana—have not shared the number of coronavirus tests they have conducted overall, meaning their number of positive results lacks crucial context.”

“The net effect of these choices is that the country’s true capacity for testing has not been made clear to its residents. This level of obfuscation is unexpected in the United States, which has long been a global leader in public-health transparency.”

“The figures we gathered suggest that the American response to the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has been shockingly sluggish, especially compared with that of other developed countries. The CDC confirmed eight days ago that the virus was in community transmission in the United States—that it was infecting Americans who had neither traveled abroad nor were in contact with others who had. In South Korea, more than 66,650 people were tested within a week of its first case of community transmission, and it quickly became able to test 10,000 people a day. The United Kingdom, which has only 115 positive cases, has so far tested 18,083 people for the virus.”

Normally, the job of gathering these types of data in the U.S. would be left to epidemiologists at the CDC. The agency regularly collects and publishes positive and negative test results for several pathogens, including multiple types of the seasonal flu.”

“But earlier this week, the (CDC) announced that it would stop publishing negative results for the coronavirus, an extraordinary step that essentially keeps Americans from knowing how many people have been tested overall.”

“With more and more testing done at states, these numbers wouldn’t be representative of the testing being done nationally,” Nancy Messonnier, the chief CDC official for respiratory diseases, said. “States are reporting results quickly, and in the event of a discrepancy between CDC and state case counts, the state case counts should always be considered more up to date.”


  1. Once again, Trump has proven that he is unfit to lead this nation, for he cares nothing about the people. I can only hope, now that there is a confirmed case in D.C., that Trump himself catches it. Hugs.

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    • Dear Jill,

      It’s inevitable that some of our US lawmakers will have their lives touched on a personal level by the coronavirus COV-19 at some point in the future. You’ve noticed that many GOP Congressional folks are not following him off this ledge of self-destructive behaviors.

      The stock market has already taken a hit. A US recession in 2020 is now a real possibility. .Just think about how a well functioning, efficient and effectively run government filled with the “deep state” of those career competent employees, could have prevented this disaster in waiting.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Yep, if 70% of the people in the world are likely to get it, members of Congress are surely taking it more seriously than Bozo in the Oval.

        The Asian markets have already plunged this morning, and there is no doubt in my mind that the U.S. markets will follow when they open in a few hours. I saw an article tonight that likened the coronavirus to “Trump’s Katrina”, referring to Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. It may be the only silver lining to this cloud.


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