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Trump’s HHS secretary says we should always put on masks but additionally that it would not matter if we put on masks

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Secretary Azar’s message to Chuck Todd’s viewers was particularly about giant “indoor gatherings.” That is related as a consequence of upcoming Halloween festivities and Thanksgiving celebrations. Todd remarked that Azar’s assertion was unusual contemplating that simply final week, Azar attended an indoor rally with President Trump—the identical President Trump that also might very nicely be COVID-19 constructive. Azar stated that everybody on the indoor rally was socially distanced—kind of—and have been all supplied masks. In fact, this implies nothing in the event you don’t put on stated masks. Todd identified that the message being despatched doesn’t appear constant, as states like Wisconsin see surges in COVID-19 instances, whereas Donald Trump flies into these areas to advertise huge superspreader occasions.

It’s right here that Azar makes an attempt to advertise misinformation that does two issues: It makes an attempt at justifying the Trump administration’s present anti-public well being farewell tour, whereas additionally absolving the administration’s criminally negligent dealing with of a pandemic that has claimed nearly 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 American lives. Azar says that plenty of nations in lockdown are having huge surges. The implication right here is that you just’re damned in the event you do and damned in the event you don’t.

This isn’t true. The very fact of the matter is that the USA, for the primary time in years, is definitely No. 1 on the earth in one thing: death rates due to COVID-19 and death rates in general during the pandemic. We’re additionally a pacesetter on the earth in instances per 100,000 and deaths per 100,000. I assume Azar is speaking about how locations like Aruba and Bahrain have a worse case rate? Todd asks why it’s been so “tough for the president” to advertise a public well being message that may truly save hundreds, if not tens of hundreds or lots of of hundreds of lives.

ALEX AZAR: I feel it is a tough message for all western democracies. We’re seeing that in Europe. The American individuals have given a lot. Folks of Europe have given a lot, Chuck. They have been locked down, remoted. However they’re drained. However the level is, we’re so shut. Cling in there with us. We’re so shut …

Azar has been a Trump hack all through this course of and can be justifiably blamed for much of the misinformation and confusion amongst sure sections of the American public in regard to COVID-19. He has attacked Americans and frontline responders as a substitute of the virus. If we lived in a simply universe, Alex Azar would quickly discover himself performing some jail time together with the lots of of Republican operatives and rip-off artists who’ve introduced us to the place we at the moment are.

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