More than a dozen U.S. health experts based at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva provided real-time information about the new coronavirus in China last year, according to a new report.
President Donald Trump announced last week that the U.S. would stop providing funding to WHO, because it allegedly “missed the call” by not sounding the alarm “months earlier.” Trump, who also accused WHO of being “China-centric,” has ramped up his rhetoric against the organization after numerous media reports revealed that the president and his advisers did not head warnings about the emerging pandemic from intelligence agencies, health experts, economists and even top White House aides. The president continued to downplay the threat publicly in an apparent attempt to calm the stock market.
But more than a dozen American doctors, public health experts and researchers, many of whom work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are detailed to WHO, warned the administration in real time about the outbreak in China as early as last year, according to The Washington Post. Trump-appointed health officials also regularly consulted “at the highest levels” with WHO.
In the early days of the virus response, those officials included [Health and Human Services] Secretary Alex Azar.”
Caitlin Oakley, an HHS spokeswoman, confirmed that the department had 17 members, including 16 from the CDC, who were “working on a variety of programs, including COVID-19” at the WHO.
But why listen to the public health experts when you have these geniuses? From Entertainment:
First, Dr. Phil [MGraw] told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on her show The Ingraham Angle that “we probably shouldn’t have ever started” stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
But then Dr. Phil compared coronavirus deaths to drownings, claiming there are 360,000 deaths per year due to swimming pools. “But we don’t shut the country down for that!” he exclaimed.
Fact: There are less than 4,000 deaths from drowning in the U.S. each year, even though drowning is so contagious. The asshole walked his comments back later on, as soon as his P.R. firm told him to.
On Tuesday, Dr. [Mahmet] Oz was on another Fox News show, Hannity, where he suggested reopening schools. “The opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3 percent in terms of total mortality,” Dr. Oz said, and then called the idea “a very appetizing opportunity” to help the country get its “mojo back.”
No word on what percentage of dead kids would be less appetizing to this fuckwad.
Finally, there was TV doctor foot-in-mouth trailblazer Dr. Drew [Pinsky], who much earlier in the pandemic went out on a limb, and it broke right off from under him. The former Celebrity Rehab host dismissed the outbreak as “a press-induced panic” on March 3, and repeatedly suggested the seasonal flu was worse, and even said the odds of dying of coronavirus was less than being “hit by an asteroid.”
This shithead tried to apologize for his stupid comments later on to rehab his celebrity, but the apology was cut short when he was hit by an asteroid.
(With profound apologies to Dr. Seuss)