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The White House’s Conflict with the Health Community Must Stop

Armand Yazdani

Posted on July 24, 2020 21:23

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As health experts try to offer advice on how to combat COVID-19, the White House has taken aim at them. The more the division between the US government and scientists festers, the less effectively Americans will be able to lower infection rates.


The Trump administration’s conflict with top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and health organizations has been only unproductive. Following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States, the White House listed a series of supposedly false statements by Fauci last Sunday. It cited inconsistencies in regards to Fauci’s advice on face masks. 


Many of Trump’s multiple staff members have been eager to lambaste Fauci. Trade advisor Peter Navarro slammed the disease expert in an op-ed, titled “Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” Navarro criticizes Fauci’s advice on masks and border closings, stating he only listens to the disease expert’s advice with skepticism. Even if Fauci’s advice was inconsistent, his opinions on distancing and mask-wearing align with those of major health organizations. 


Health organizations such as the World Health Organization have advocated for mask-wearing. The WHO was emphatic on wearing masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, offering tips on how to don masks safely. Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wear cloth face masks when in public and around non-household members, unless they are below 2 years old suffer breathing problems. The fact of the matter is that major health organizations have backed Fauci’s advice, especially regarding face coverings. 


In an interview with Fox News, the president said Fauci “was a little bit of an alarmist” who “made some mistakes.” He however reiterated that the two have a good relationship. Whether or not Trump views Fauci’s advice as “alarmist,” he should avoid criticizing the disease expert, whose advice many Americans depend on. Rather than cast doubt on medical professionals, the Trump administration ought to unite with medical professionals in fighting COVID-19. 


And Fauci isn’t the only target of the administration’s criticism. The White House has persistently clashed with the WHO. In early April, Trump alleged that the organization was “China-centric,” saying “they really blew it.” He vowed to put a hold on the WHO’s funding to “demand accountability” from them. 


Criticism of the WHO is understandable and often bipartisan, but cutting off its funding and discrediting it will only allow the virus to spread. The organization reported on Jan. 14 that “preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission,” although Wuhan doctors warned of clusters of sick people. However, the WHO took action and declared COVID-19 a pandemic by mid-March, soon after issuing guidance on masks among other tips. Defunding the WHO will only postpone future information and other steps to tackling the pandemic. 


The White House’s tension with Fauci and other medical professionals is counterproductive in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Americans rely on health experts and the WHO for guidance on how to avoid catching COVID-19 and spreading it. When this administration chastises health officials, it creates a sharp division between the government and doctors, which the US cannot afford right now. 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on July 24, 2020 21:23

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Source: Daily Mail

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