Top White House economic advisers dismissed fears of a COVID-19 resurgence with Larry Kudlow arguing there is ‘no second wave’ – despite Dr. Deborah Birx suggesting there are ’embers flaring up in a few places’
He admitted that he’s not a health expert, but cited recent talks with such experts as evidence.
‘Look, I’m not the health expert, but on the so-called spike I spoke to our health experts at some length last evening. They’re saying there is no second spike,’ he said.
‘Let me repeat that, there is no second spike.’
Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow (pictured) said on Friday that there was ‘no second wave’ of coronavirus cases and no emergency
But Kudlow, 78, did admit that certain areas of the United States – which has recorded more than two million cases and 114,600 deaths – were seeing a ‘little bit of a jump up.’
‘Some small metropolitan areas are seeing it. The CDC and the health people are all over it. They’ve sent some task forces out to deal with it,’ Kudlow said, adding that an increase in cases is connected to an increase of testing availability.
‘Nonetheless, there is no emergency, there is no second wave. I don’t know where that got started on Wall Street.’
Kudlow also said that the rate of increase in new cases was between zero and one per cent.
Kudlow: ‘There is no emergency, there is no second wave. I don’t know where that got started on Wall Street’
‘It’s really flattened out, and with respect to fatalities, it’s the same. It’s actually lower than that. It’s like zero to a half [of] a percent,’ he said.
Kudlow’s aggressive push to further reopen the country’s economy is reflective of President Trump, who has steadily called for states to reverse lockdown orders and restart their local economies.
But this comes at odds with top health expert and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who suggested that ’embers’ of the virus were still soaring in a few places.
Kevin Hassett, a White House economic adviser, told Fox News he spoke with Dr. Birx on Friday, who acknowledged ‘there are some embers flaring up in a few places.’
Hassett pointed to data from Arizona and South Carolina as ‘some cause for concern,’ but still shrugged off concerns of a second wave of coronavirus, Politico reports.
‘For sure, the battle is not over,’ said Hassett. ‘But the trends that have been so positive in recent weeks, we’ve not deviated sharply from them — although there are some hot spots around the country.
Dr. Anthony Facui, top infectious disease expert, also said this week that the United States fight against coronavirus is long from over.
‘In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world,’ Fuaci said amid a virtual conference. ‘And it isn’t over yet.’
Kudlow and Hassett’s comments on a potential second wave come as several places emerge as hot spots and an uptick in daily cases.
White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett spoke with public health expert Dr. Deborah Birx (pictured) who argued that some areas were still seeing flare ups in cases
Public health experts have expressed fears of second wave of coronavirus cases as states strip away ;ockdown orders and begin to reopen. Pictured: Due to social distancing, shoppers wear protective masks while waiting in line outside Louis Vuitton as South Coast Plaza reopens in California
Both South Carolina and Arizona were among nine states, including Texas and Florida, that set a new hospitalization records on seven-day average.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the United States has seen an 36.5 per cent increase in daily cases in recent days because of state reopenings and protests, according to data obtained by Yahoo News.
Montana, Arkansas, Utah, Arizona and Texas have all seen coronavirus-related hospitalizations rise by at least 35 per cent.
The state of California, which has been both praised and criticized for its pandemic response, confirmed spikes in new cases or hospitalization in nine counties, The Guardian reports.
Public health experts have longed feared a second wave of cases, but couldn’t account for the thousands of protesters flooding American streets these last few weeks.
George Floyd, 46, was an African-American man who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Disturbing cell phone footage showed white officer Derek Chuavin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he say ‘I can’t breathe!’ Floyd later died.
Nationwide demonstrations have drawn crowds out of their homes to rally together in protest.
Because coronavirus is spread mainly from person to person with respiratory droplets, some health experts warned that protesters shouting, police use of tear gas and pepper spray could further infections.
Additionally, being in close proximity to several people, some of whom don’t wear masks or face coverings, is also a worrisome.
Some health experts said the uptick is more similar to a rebound of the first wave rather than an entirely new wave, but are monitoring protests for greater infection levels.
The exact figures for how many protesters contracted coronavirus aren’t in, but it was revealed that members of the National Guard deployed to Washington D.C., who were among thousands of protesters, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Spokeswoman Lt. Col. Brooke Davis said the Guard would not release the exact total, but U.S. officials said they believe it is not a large number, at least so far.
Dr. Facui called the large gatherings ‘risky’ during an interview with ABC News.
‘You know, it’s a danger to the people who are trying to control the demonstration, and it’s a danger to the people who are demonstrating,’ said Fauci.
Public health experts are monitoring nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, which they fear may spread COVID-19 infections
President Donald Trump (pictured) has steadily pushed for the country to reopen its economy amid the pandemic
Fauci also warned against attending large public gathering like the campaign rallies of President Trump, who has moved his June 19 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after facing backlash for holding a rally on the day when slavery ended.
The ‘best way that you can avoid — either acquiring or transmitting infection — is to avoid crowded places, to wear a mask whenever you’re outside. And if you can do both, avoid the congregation of people and do the mask, that’s great,’ he told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on the ‘Powerhouse Politics’ podcast.
‘If you’re going to be in a situation where — beyond your control there’s a lot of people around you — make sure you wear a mask,’ he advised.
Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, said there was ‘there’s no one answer’ regarding to the uptick.
He described the situation as ‘variable in different parts of the country.’
‘But this is something that is ongoing, and we will continue to monitor very closely.So that by no means is meant to suggest that this is not something that we’re not very concerned about and will be working on very closely,” he added.
Still federal officials and state governors seem reluctant to reimpose lockdown orders onto residents who’ve previously protested such actions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned those going to rallies, the GOP convention or the protests to try and avoid large gatherings to help stop spread of COVID-19
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin argued Thursday on CNBC that ‘we can’t shut down the economy again’ if coronavirus cases continue to grow.
‘We’ve learned that if you shut down the economy, you’re going to create more damage.
‘And not just economic damage, but there are other areas, and we’ve talked about this — medical problems and everything else that get put on hold.’
But on Thursday the Dow plunged 1,800 points after Federal Reserve’s dire warning that it could take years to get back the millions of jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and fears continued to grow of a possible resurgence in new cases.
The Trump administration’s push to reopen the economy comes as the White House coronavirus task force is curtailed. Public health experts and Trump have not held a daily briefing in weeks.
However, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Trump is not at odds with his public health adviser and is working closely with them, despite his demands to reopen states.
‘Well, the guidelines are guidelines,’ Azar told NBC News. ‘They’re simply potential markers for how one would progress to reopening. But each governor knows the lay of the land in their state better.’
Source: dailymail US