Trump says COVID-19 is 'going to sort of just disappear' on same day new US cases topped 50,000 for first time

Trump says COVID-19 is 'going to sort of just disappear' on same day new US cases topped 50,000 for first time
Airmen from the 18th Medical Group conduct COVID-19 testing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 20. Under the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the 18 MDG has increased its testing for the disease. Those who are tested become Persons Under Investigation (PUI), are contacted by Public Health, placed into isolation and instructed on how to avoid spread of their illness to family members in the home. Public Health interviews the PUI and develops a list of “close contacts” who are then called and given instructions to quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is someone who lived with or cared for a PUI, had direct physical contact with a PUI, or shared eating utensils or had prolonged close conversation with a PUI. On average, lab results take 2-5 days to return. If results are negative, isolated and quarantined individuals will be notified and released. If results come back positive, quarantine for the close contact will continue for 14 days and isolation for the PUI will continue until the PUI is medically cleared. Someone who has had contact with someone deemed a close contact does not need to be placed in quarantine but should continue to practice social distancing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mandy Foster)

President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Wednesday that he hopes the coronavirus will "sort of just disappear" on its own, remarks that came on the same day new infections in the United States topped 50,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.


After touting May's record retail sales, Trump insisted that "we're headed back in a very strong fashion" even as Texas, California, and other states paused and reversed some of their reopening steps as new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations surged.

"I think we're gonna be very good with the coronavirus," said the president. "I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope."

"You still believe so? Disappear?" Blake Burman of Fox Business replied, alluding to Trump's numerous previous predictions that the coronavirus would simply "leave" or even vanish "like a miracle."

"Well, I do," Trump said. "I do. Yeah sure, at some point, and I think we're going to have a vaccine very soon, too."

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"These reckless statements are false—and coming from the president, they are dangerous," responded Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

The U.S. on Wednesday reported 52,982 new Covid-19 cases, the largest single-day total since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. In total, more than 2.7 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 128,000 have died.

As the Washington Post reported, "California, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and Georgia all broke their previous single-day records for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while Louisiana's infection rates continued to rise." California and Texas have both taken steps to roll back their reopenings in recent days in an effort to mitigate new outbreaks.

In his testimony before the Senate HELP Committee on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci rejected the notion that the Covid-19 crisis will fade away any time soon and said he "would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [new coronavirus cases] a day if this does not turn around."

"We're going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop," warned Fauci, who recommended that everyone wear face coverings in public settings and endorsed a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to distribute masks for free to everyone in the U.S.

"I am not satisfied with what's going on because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we've really got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly," Fauci said. "Clearly we are not in total control right now.

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