In an interview with Fox News on Monday, White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany implied that the U.S. response to the corona virus should not be seen as sharply compared to the virus’s impact on other countries.
“This president takes Covid seriously, but we should consider mortality rates and performance vis-à-vis the rest of the world,” McEnany told Fox News.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, McEnany added: “I think the world sees us as leaders in Covid-19. In the table, I showed you where you have mortality rates up here in Italy and the UK and across Europe and you if the US has a low mortality rate, it’s because of the extraordinary work that we’ve done on therapeutics, getting PSA, and ventilator management. ”
Shortly afterwards, President Donald Trump tweeted: “The death rate for the China virus in the United States is almost the LOWEST IN THE WORLD.”
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Facts first: While US coronavirus mortality rates have dropped recentlyThey are not the lowest in the world. Coronavirus mortality rates remain inaccurate, due in part to the limited availability of tests and the prevalence of mild or asymptomatic cases, which are often not recorded. However, among the 20 countries most affected by the virus, at least 14 have lower mortality rates than the United States.
Dr. Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN that the President’s statements were incorrect, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins. Of the 2.8 million or more coronavirus cases in the United States, Johns Hopkins estimated a death rate of 4.5% on Monday morning, the sixth highest in the world.
The US death toll from coronavirus is more than twice that of the country with the second highest death toll, Brazil, based on data from Johns Hopkins. Of the 20 most affected countries, the United States has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people after the United Kingdom.
These coronavirus death rates in the United States do not necessarily correlate with record increases in cases reported by multiple states. According to the Covid Tracking Project, a group led by Atlantic Magazine employee Alexis Madrigal, the daily casualties from June 18-22 hit rock bottom levels that had not been reached for five days since March. The group has more than 100 volunteers and collects coronavirus test data from state government websites and government officials. U.S. General Surgeon Dr. Jerome Adams said last week that coronavirus deaths were “at least two weeks past”, so it is possible that in some cases the mortality rate may not match recent peaks.
Colombia’s epidemiologist Elizabeth Radin told CNN she had seen no evidence that the United States is among the lowest Covid 19 mortality rates in the world.
“Of course, estimates for all countries are subject to measurement errors due to inaccurate reporting or attribution of deaths and / or due to limited test cases. In addition, data from some countries may be more accurate or more complete than others,” said Radin. “I haven’t seen any other reliable estimates that indicate that the death rate or deaths per population in the United States is uniquely low compared to other countries.”